Main definitions of meet in English

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meet1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Come into the presence or company of (someone) by chance or arrangement.

    ‘a week later I met him in the street’
    no object ‘we met for lunch’
    ‘they arranged to meet up that afternoon’
    • ‘The student had tapped her name and mobile phone number into his phone and arranged to meet him for lunch before she left.’
    • ‘If you find it difficult to motivate yourself to take some exercise, he suggests, try arranging to meet a friend.’
    • ‘He had arranged to meet his sister at eleven o'clock at a small airfield to the east of Barnstaple.’
    • ‘James had just finished talking to Dobbo and Ali and had arranged to meet up with them for lunch.’
    • ‘I arrange to meet him on the sidewalk outside the hotel in an hour.’
    • ‘She's arranged to meet a few people in the Rising Sun for drinks after work.’
    • ‘I was lucky to get there at all, having arranged to meet Ross at the station and then forgotten to bring the directions.’
    • ‘Cameron had arranged to meet us on campus that night, which left us a couple of hours to kill beforehand.’
    • ‘I had arranged to meet Sam, and he would introduce me to the others who I had never met.’
    • ‘He gave Stan a call and they have now arranged to meet up in Scarborough.’
    • ‘I'd arranged to meet my partner Nick for lunch to get his verdict on the new me.’
    • ‘Robert promptly arranged to meet me at an inner city bar the following night.’
    • ‘If I go out in Dublin, I arrange to meet some friends and we get the bus to the city centre.’
    • ‘In an attempt to patch things up after what happened yesterday the friend concerned arranged to meet me again.’
    • ‘I get on a bus with loose arrangements to meet up with some friends of mine.’
    • ‘A couple of days later he slips me a piece of paper, and I arranged to meet her.’
    • ‘I arranged to meet Andrew in a pub in Hampstead called the Holly Bush.’
    • ‘I'd arranged to meet Kevin for the gym again, so stopped off at his on the way round from the station to pick him up.’
    • ‘Whilst shopping I bumped into Kath cycling through Camden and we arranged to meet up later.’
    • ‘In fact the day it opened in Ireland, I'd arranged to meet a friend of mine to see it.’
    encounter, meet up with, come face to face with, make contact with, run across, run into, come across, come upon, chance on, happen on, light on, stumble across, stumble on
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    1. 1.1 Make the acquaintance of (someone) for the first time.
      ‘she took Paul to meet her parents’
      no object ‘we met at an office party’
      • ‘Four years ago Evan went into a chat room and met this girl who lives in Toronto, Canada.’
      • ‘The only thing that she knew about her father was that he was an Italian chef visiting Britain when he met her mother.’
      • ‘He was so taken by her when he met her during her visit to Britain.’
      • ‘During my time as press officer I met the Queen, the Queen Mother, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips.’
      • ‘However confident you are, meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents for the first time is always awash with tension.’
      • ‘I have never met this man, spoken to him or carried out any business dealings with him.’
      • ‘I understand now, that we have to go through several acquaintances before we meet true friends.’
      • ‘He is also an acquaintance of Raj, having met him in mid 2002.’
      • ‘While down South he had met his future wife Alison, whose parents were from Doncaster, and the couple were interested in a move back North.’
      • ‘During a spell at the Waiheke Post Office he met Jean, his wife of 45 years.’
      • ‘He could never get up enough nerve to ask Terri out, and his odd hours interfered with meeting anyone.’
      • ‘He wasn't at all fazed by meeting David and they chatted away quite normally.’
      • ‘On one such visit Muriel met her future husband Tom and they both settled in Dungarvan.’
      • ‘Her husband Matt spoke about how he met Anne in his early nursing days and subsequently married her.’
      • ‘Who would think we would meet someone who speaks Low German at a volleyball match in Hong Kong?’
      • ‘When I was four years old and I was living in Demon Central with my parents, I met a girl my age with golden hair and dazzling violet eyes.’
      • ‘The sky shifted in colors as she thought back to the duration of time about eleven years ago when she met her foster parents.’
      • ‘He lived and worked in London, and met Patricia during a visit north with a friend, forming a sexual relationship with her.’
      • ‘Her parents met him on the day she graduated.’
      • ‘If she had not already met my mother at parent teacher conferences, I was not going to enlighten her.’
      get to know, be introduced to, make the acquaintance of
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    2. 1.2no object (of a group of people) assemble for a particular purpose.
      ‘the committee meets once a week’
      • ‘The anti-hunt brigade regularly turn out whenever a hunt meets.’
      • ‘The executive meets in October to consider the findings.’
      • ‘The group meets once a month and is particularly keen to hear from residents with an interest in local history, architecture and open spaces.’
      • ‘The group will meet at least once a year to assess and review the plan.’
      • ‘The group meets on the fourth Monday of every month.’
      • ‘For most of its life, the group met in the Parish Hall in School Road.’
      • ‘The Group meets on Mondays and Fridays and new members will be very welcome.’
      • ‘The group met for an assembly dedicated to the celebration, a tour of the school and a 1950s-style school dinner.’
      • ‘A small group met recently to get things moving, and they are now looking for others keen to become members.’
      • ‘A free non-denominational meditation group meets in Bromley every week.’
      • ‘The council meets annually to discuss matters affecting the entire Lakota nation.’
      • ‘The group meets regularly to discuss the crime issues that are affecting the local communities.’
      • ‘The group meets once a month to discuss ways of combating city centre crime.’
      • ‘The Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, at 2.30 pm in the Lakeside Hotel.’
      • ‘A family council meets at regular intervals to discuss issues surrounding the business.’
      • ‘Before the whole group gets together for the meeting, each division meets separately for about a half hour.’
      • ‘Despite repeated prompting, the group has not met to discuss future action.’
      • ‘This group meets on a regular basis and they also visit a different farm each month, sharing information and advice.’
      • ‘The group originally met to practise in the Methodist Church.’
      • ‘Bradford Council's executive meets at City Hall on Tuesday at 2pm.’
      gather, assemble, come together, get together, congregate, convene, muster, rally
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    3. 1.3meet withno object Have a meeting with (someone)
      ‘he met with the president on September 16’
      • ‘He meets with the President every day, he's meeting with him now.’
      • ‘At noon she meets with the captain and hotel manager to go over the party lists, then has lunch.’
      • ‘He meets with the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, tomorrow at the White House.’
      • ‘He works on important policy matters and frequently meets with the Secretary.’
      • ‘Most afternoons he meets with businessmen to talk about investment opportunities and various projects.’
      • ‘The consultants were very deeply concerned when I was invited to meet with them recently.’
      • ‘Later this hour, President Bush meets with emergency officials in Mississippi.’
      • ‘Jody meets with the owner of the land of Eatonville.’
      • ‘And council bosses will meet with the school in the coming weeks to draw up some initial plans.’
      • ‘Wu meets with constituents every week, listening to their problems.’
    4. 1.4 Go to a place and wait there for (a person or their means of transport) to arrive.
      ‘I offered to meet their train’
      • ‘When I travel to Crewe to meet the Tommys, an as-yet unsigned all-girl pop-punk quartet, their manager Paul meets me off the train.’
      • ‘Also, a similar service was proposed to run to Cheddington Station to meet hotel guests arriving by train.’
      • ‘We drove into the main bazaar, fully expecting some of these functionaries to be waiting to meet us.’
      • ‘When she meets me off the train at Tain, I immediately think: David Bowie.’
      encounter, meet up with, come face to face with, make contact with, run across, run into, come across, come upon, chance on, happen on, light on, stumble across, stumble on
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    5. 1.5 Play or oppose in a contest.
      ‘in the final match, the U.S. will meet Brazil’
      no object ‘the Twins and Mariners will not meet again until September’
      • ‘Even fewer arrests were made when the teams met two weeks later in the league.’
      • ‘Would it also remove the staleness that can grip a league in which teams can meet each other up to seven times in a season?’
      • ‘When next these teams meet it will be in Dublin in November with the Springboks at the end of their own long, hard road.’
      • ‘The men's second team met Leigh first who were just above them in the league.’
      • ‘Five years ago when these two teams met it was a victory to Cranleigh by 39-10.’
      • ‘The Springboks would have an easier route through the competition, probably meeting France in the semis.’
      • ‘This was the result they could have expected when the two teams met seven weeks ago.’
    6. 1.6 Encounter or be faced with (a particular fate, situation, attitude, or reaction)
      ‘he met his death in 1946’
      no object ‘we met with a slight setback’
      • ‘Four men met their deaths in a tragic accident as they worked on the West Coast Mainline at Tebay, in the early hours of Sunday morning.’
      • ‘In all the time we have been booking courses we have not met this attitude before.’
      • ‘Just as death is the end result of living, we will meet many traumatic experiences in our lives.’
      • ‘Yorkshire Catholics mourned the Pope yesterday in the same way he met his own death - serenely, with a brave heart and no fuss.’
      • ‘He said conflicting medical evidence presented by the prosecution meant the jury could not be sure how the former paratrooper met his death.’
      • ‘Mohammed said it was an unfortunate and sad case, as Alexander met his death in an attempt to defend his sister's honour.’
      • ‘They hadn't met any problems yet, but they had to be careful with every action they conducted.’
      • ‘That night I returned to the scene where young Darragh met his tragic death.’
      • ‘He met his death on the fourth anniversary of his arrival in this country.’
      • ‘There is no evidence that he had met a violent death.’
      • ‘It becomes particularly important when the relationship meets an impasse.’
      • ‘Very, very few companies have long and uninterrupted growth records, and even those companies eventually meet problems.’
      • ‘So, in an appropriate case, the inquest's task was to discover by what means and in what circumstances the deceased had met his death.’
      • ‘He said someone may have seen Mr Turner taking £20 out of a nearby cash machine minutes before he met his death.’
      • ‘Ironically, Mr Egan's resting place is overlooked by the field where he met his untimely death in an electrocution.’
      • ‘A Scottish sailor met his death when he fell overboard from his yacht off the Mayo coast, an inquest in Ballina was told.’
      • ‘Our children don't need to meet those selfish attitudes behind a steering wheel.’
      face, encounter, undergo, experience, go through, bear, suffer, endure
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    7. 1.7meet something with Have (a particular reaction) to.
      ‘the announcement was met with widespread protests’
      • ‘If they try to raise above a certain level, they are met with very strong resistance.’
      • ‘But on both occasions the bans were met with extremely successful defiance.’
      • ‘It was met with almost total indifference.’
      • ‘Upon completion, however, the film was met with mixed reaction partly due to its extreme length and somewhat ponderous nature.’
      • ‘But the findings were met with a mixed reaction from lunchtime drinkers in the pavement bars and cafes of Manchester yesterday.’
      • ‘They were met with a lukewarm reaction.’
      • ‘The public often met their claims with a heavy dose of skepticism.’
      • ‘But perhaps just as telling was the widespread cynicism the scandal was met with.’
      • ‘The office, one of the most militant in London, met the announcement with a spontaneous one-day walkout.’
      • ‘Gillespie's comments were met with mixed reactions at the Scottish Open, finishing today at Loch Lomond.’
      greet, receive, answer, deal with, handle, treat, face, cope with, approach
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    8. 1.8meet withno object Receive (a particular reaction)
      ‘I'm sorry if it doesn't meet with your approval’
      • ‘It was a move that met with almost unanimous approval from fellow European Tour players.’
      • ‘Even where new routes were added, they often failed to meet with approval.’
      • ‘These developments have met with a mixed reaction in the respective countries.’
      • ‘The idea met with approval from religious as well as tourist and cultural groups.’
      • ‘Plans to move a drug addiction clinic near a city centre shopping area have met with a mixed reaction.’
      • ‘Neither suggestion met with approval so I repaired to the kitchen to make coffee.’
      • ‘The prospect of improved transport links met with the approval of local residents.’
      • ‘The recent rise in the number of debt collection agencies has met with a mixed reaction.’
      • ‘You will hold off until everything meets with your approval.’
      • ‘To my delight, the sweater meets with approval!’
  • 2Touch; join.

    no object ‘the curtains failed to meet in the middle’
    figurative ‘our eyes met across the table’
    ‘Harry's lips met hers’
    • ‘She reached up, and his lips met hers, softly, like the petals of a rose, their touch was warm like a fire.’
    • ‘She didn't even flinch when Rebecca's hard gaze met hers, but simply smiled instead.’
    • ‘I felt her lift my chin and when my eyes met hers, my breathing steadied and I became somewhat quiet.’
    • ‘He reached out for her chin and lifted it until their eyes met.’
    • ‘Turning to see what he wanted she was surprised when his lips met hers.’
    • ‘His eyes met hers and for a moment, she thought she saw someone in them.’
    • ‘Matt stepped forward and seconds later, our lips met one another in silent appreciation.’
    • ‘Their eyes met briefly until Sam cleared her throat and turned away.’
    • ‘Leaning forwards his lips met hers and he gently pushed her back onto the bed.’
    • ‘She leaned into him and Jack met her eager lips with a long, lingering kiss.’
    • ‘Then, with agonizing slowness, his head bent to hers and his lips met hers passionately.’
    • ‘Mark looked her up and down, and couldn't disguise his approving look when his eyes met hers again.’
    • ‘He sat there watching her, waiting for her to awaken once again, prepared to stay as long as it took until their eyes met again.’
    • ‘William's mouth met hers, so warm, so gentle, and he kissed her with a sensual slowness.’
    • ‘Her eyes widened as his lips met hers and he put his arms around her cold back.’
    • ‘And as his lips met mine again, I knew that I had truly found the love that I was searching for.’
    • ‘Her lips met his and she revelled in the heat of their embrace.’
    • ‘When he turned around and glanced at Constance, his eyes met hers as she turned around at the same time.’
    • ‘His puckered lips met my bare shoulder, causing my body to become significantly more awake.’
    • ‘My eyes met hers and I smiled gently, and she smiled back, showing two missing front teeth.’
    come together, converge, connect, touch, link up, reach, abut, butt, adjoin, join, unite, intersect, cross
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  • 3Fulfill or satisfy (a need, requirement, or condition)

    ‘this policy is doing nothing to meet the needs of women’
    ‘they failed to meet the noon deadline’
    • ‘If something doesn't meet your needs and requirements then there will be another tradition around the next corner.’
    • ‘All children are included and staff ensure individual needs are met.’
    • ‘Many have also revealed that their medical requirements are not met fully.’
    • ‘Understanding what patients are looking for on line may help us meet their need for health information.’
    • ‘When both of these conditions are met, the method of assessment is performance-based.’
    • ‘In this case, I am satisfied that the litigation plan meets the basic requirements.’
    • ‘This is a situation in which flexibility is required in order to meet the needs of the child.’
    • ‘Start by figuring out the mix of stocks, bonds and cash that will be required to meet your needs.’
    • ‘Those results were essential to ensure that the proposal met students' needs.’
    • ‘Doctors at the surgery believe it is the only way to meet the needs of a modern health service.’
    • ‘Bradford needs a smaller concert hall, with safe parking to meet the requirements of the city.’
    • ‘At the time this computer was selected, it met the requirements adequately to perform its intended function.’
    • ‘Mr Sharp later worked on heating systems in construction projects, also ensuring health and safety conditions were met.’
    • ‘Anaemia is a condition in which the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to meet the body's needs.’
    • ‘Even if conditions are met, there is no guarantee that a permit will be given.’
    • ‘Its operating cash flow would not be enough to meet its liquidity needs for the rest of the year, it warned.’
    • ‘He would insist that various conditions were met before he would play.’
    • ‘What is needed is a more flexible health insurance system to meet the needs of the modern world.’
    • ‘St David's Cathedral already meets the requirements of health and safety regulations but many other churches don't.’
    • ‘First, there are not enough mental health services to meet the needs of patients.’
    fulfil, satisfy, fill, measure up to, match, match up to, conform to, come up to, perform, comply with, answer
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    1. 3.1 Pay (a financial claim or obligation)
      ‘all your household expenses will still have to be met’
      • ‘The spokesperson said it could not afford to meet the claim as FLS was still losing money in Ireland.’
      • ‘We finally certify that Mr D. Paparounis has been prompt in meeting its obligations.’
      • ‘Funds in the coffers are simply not enough to meet long-term obligations.’
      • ‘Although the parties lived an extravagant lifestyle, their debt obligations were met.’
      • ‘It could not meet its obligations to Hepcoe and continued to operate at a loss.’
      • ‘Port charges were generally revised upward to meet debt obligations.’
      • ‘All too often women use their own sick leave entitlement to meet family obligations.’
      • ‘The Company does not currently have sufficient facilities available to it to meet these obligations.’
      • ‘This is to ensure that there is sufficient money to meet its obligations.’
      • ‘He can adequately budget for himself on the net disposable income available to him after he meets his family obligations.’
      • ‘Before going I contacted PPP, which assured me there would be no problem meeting a claim.’
      • ‘All the assets of the fund are available to meet claims of all members, no matter to which category they belong.’
      • ‘Even accounting for the slide in the stock market, Friends is in a position to meet its obligations.’
      • ‘Iberia bosses said meeting the pay claim would plunge the company into an operating loss.’
      • ‘The insurance is merely there to enable the companies to meet these claims.’
      pay, settle, clear, honour, liquidate, satisfy, discharge, pay off, square, account for
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noun

  • An organized event at which a number of races or other sporting contests are held.

    ‘a swim meet’
    • ‘Horses are stabled at the North Dakota State University equine science barn during race meets.’
    • ‘It was usually the last event of the meet, and by most accounts of the time, the most popular.’
    • ‘What tipped the scale in Thorpe's favor were his sterling performances in major international meets.’
    • ‘The big guns hit the pool in Athens again on Sunday night, in what could be the event of the meet.’
    • ‘The meets begin with an inspection, by drivers and onlookers, under the hoods of the cars.’
    • ‘Each competitor swam in six events during three selected meets throughout the fall season.’
    • ‘Regardless of the level, dual meets are exciting and championship meets bring major breakthroughs.’
    • ‘The pair also helped out on race meets, regularly making up to 20 flasks of coffee for the competitors and spectators.’
    • ‘Even if you've never been to a coursing meet, take yourself along to Patrickswell.’
    • ‘These trials are being held in preparation for international meets.’
    • ‘However, the best event of the meet was reserved for three in the morning.’
    • ‘That had been the case in the large school race at the district meet earlier in the day.’
    • ‘He tired a bit at the end, not surprising since it was his ninth race in the fourth day of the Olympic meet.’
    • ‘The second begins when Del Mar and Saratoga open their gates in July to conduct the last two great race meets in the United States.’
    • ‘Worrell feels it's important for youngsters to take advantage of locally organized swim meets.’
    • ‘He won, and within three years he was winning swim meets and triathlons too - anything that tested his mettle.’
    • ‘In addition, an explanation of the events and how meets are run is useful.’
    • ‘A royal Ascot action plan to combat a traffic nightmare in York during the race meet in June was being unveiled today.’
    • ‘There's the Shrum Bowl, basketball and volleyball tournaments and swim meets, to name just a few.’
    • ‘High school teams have it a bit easier, due to the smaller number of events in their meets.’
    event, tournament, game, match, contest, competition
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Phrases

  • meet someone's eye (or eyes)

    • Be visible.

      ‘the sight that met his eyes was truly amazing’
      • ‘A curious sight met their eyes as they came cautiously around the foremast.’
      • ‘The ballroom at the hotel was set for the night and as Natalie and Kate went through its doors a spectacular sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘He was even more shocked by the sight that met his eyes.’
      • ‘When they reached the top, all three stable hands were awed by the sight that met their eyes.’
      • ‘A strange sight met my eyes when they glanced to the left.’
      • ‘They ran outside, and an incredible sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘When the pair broke through the bushes that lead to their home a horrible sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘When they came to the top, a beautiful sight met their eyes.’
      • ‘The light blinded me at first, but even still, I couldn't believe the sight that met my eyes.’
      • ‘When my family walked out of the gate, an enormous sight met our eyes.’
  • meet someone halfway

    • Make a compromise with someone; concede some points in order to gain others.

      ‘I am prepared to meet him halfway by paying an additional $25,000’
      • ‘That was my sacrifice and I wasn't met halfway.’
      • ‘That's called meeting you halfway - and it's what friendship is really all about.’
      • ‘But I think they will be met halfway, because although there is often talk of revolution, things tend to turn out less radically, and we have evolution instead.’
      • ‘Democrats - and many Republicans - are not meeting Bush halfway, despite his willingness to preserve Social Security as a universal social program.’
      • ‘At first, the company said they couldn't do it at all, but then they met me halfway.’
      • ‘I feel like I am sometimes making a lot of compromises just to maintain her friendship and she isn't meeting me halfway.’
      • ‘So I suspect most of them will act like the DGA has met them halfway on the matter, and we'll wait to fight this battle another day.’
      • ‘I would have thought it would have met us halfway or helped stop this happening again.’
      • ‘So, just as practitioners have come to realize the value of political education, the academics have met them halfway.’
      • ‘Late in the month, he met Randolph halfway, with an executive order prohibiting discrimination among defense contractors, but not in the military.’
      reach a compromise, find the middle ground, come to terms, come to an understanding, reach an agreement, make a deal, make concessions, find a happy medium, strike a balance
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  • there's more to someone/something than meets the eye

    • A person or situation is more complex or interesting than they appear.

      • ‘Like any building, there's more to a monastery than meets the eye.’
      • ‘In other words, there are a lot of unanswered questions that make it perfectly reasonable to suspect that there's more to this story than meets the eye.’
      • ‘‘It means that there's more to me than meets the eye,’ he explained.’
      • ‘In his heart, he knows there's more to it than meets the eye.’
      • ‘I think that there's more to this story than meets the eye.’
      • ‘Maybe there's more to this situation than meets the eye.’
      • ‘If he kicks up a fuss, you know there's more to the relationship than meets the eye.’
      • ‘You know her better than I do, you know there's more to her than meets the eye.’
      • ‘Still, there's more to the picture than meets the eye.’
      • ‘I think there's more to Kori than meets the eye.’
  • meet someone's eye (or eyes or gaze)

    • Look directly at someone.

      ‘for a moment, he refused to meet her eyes’
      • ‘For a moment I let my gaze travel over him and then met his gaze again.’
      • ‘She met my gaze and a tight smile was directed towards me.’
      • ‘He handed Will a letter and refused to meet his gaze.’
      • ‘She took a deep breath, refusing to meet my gaze.’
      • ‘Although she was facing him, her eyes were directed past him, refusing to meet his gaze.’
      • ‘Her eyes came back into focus and she met Jake 's gaze.’
      • ‘She met his gaze directly, without a trace of emotion on her face.’
      • ‘He inclined his head slightly, not meeting her gaze directly.’
      • ‘She suddenly met his gaze, as if she felt his gaze on her.’
      • ‘She met his gaze, refusing to show any signs of the rattling he did to her confidence.’

Origin

Old English mētan ‘come upon’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moeten, also to moot.

Pronunciation

meet

/mēt//mit/

Main definitions of meet in English

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meet2

adjective

archaic
  • Suitable; fit; proper.

    ‘it is a theater meet for great events’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘made to fit’): shortening of Old English gemǣte, of Germanic origin; related to mete.

Pronunciation

meet

/mit//mēt/