Definition of meeting in US English:

meeting

noun

  • 1An assembly of people, especially the members of a society or committee, for discussion or entertainment.

    ‘the early-dismissal policy will be discussed at our next meeting’
    • ‘The actual discussion at meetings is not recorded formally, or contained in the minutes.’
    • ‘But some who attended the meeting felt their questions were yet to be answered.’
    • ‘Union officials have written to executives seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the matter.’
    • ‘They understood the purpose of the meeting was to discuss incorporating a new company.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the set-up of a local Farmers Market planned for the near future.’
    • ‘Please put these in writing, sign and place in the box at the back of the Church for discussion at the monthly meetings.’
    • ‘The problem of cannabis is now a regular topic of discussion at meetings of the Swindon Association of Secondary Heads.’
    • ‘The main item for discussion at the meeting was the guild's annual weekend outing.’
    • ‘Council passed a motion that further questions on the sessions not be discussed again at council meetings.’
    • ‘This might include breakfasts, lunches, formal meetings, client meetings and trial projects.’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the merits of the former ambassador traveling to Niger.’
    • ‘She also hopes to visit Britain every few months to attend council meetings.’
    • ‘They also became focal points for group discussion and formal meetings.’
    • ‘How can meetings and discussions solve a problem like this?’
    • ‘The purpose of the meeting was to execute a legal document.’
    • ‘Those meetings were very formal and few ideas were exchanged.’
    • ‘Health bosses held urgent meetings to decide how to cope with an expected surge in the number of patients over Easter.’
    • ‘There will also be a number of consultation meetings held to discuss what residents would like to see done with the community space.’
    • ‘He had therefore been entitled to attend the area assembly meetings, often held in non-council buildings.’
    • ‘It was the first time in 15 years they had held a formal meeting to discuss problems in the area.’
    gathering, assembly, conference, congregation, convention, summit, forum, convocation, conclave, council of war
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    1. 1.1Christian Church A gathering of people, especially Quakers, for worship.
      • ‘Quaker meetings and Shabbat services are held regularly here on the farm.’
      • ‘He believed there would be a big impact on parking, already under pressure during the school run and from meetings in the local Quaker Meeting House.’
      • ‘I've been a member of several Lutheran churches and have sat through many congregational meetings.’
      • ‘Although Quaker meetings are held in silence, individuals are allowed to speak, if genuinely moved by the spirit to do so.’
      • ‘Most meetings for worship in those days were nothing but processions or groups of singers.’
  • 2A coming together of two or more people, by chance or arrangement.

    ‘he intrigued her on their first meeting’
    • ‘The film is full of chance meetings, coincidences, romance and confused hearts.’
    • ‘I never expect the chance meetings, yet I am always somewhere, at the same time as they are.’
    • ‘They didn't see each other very often, except for chance meetings at meal times, when they felt strong enough to go to the mess hall.’
    • ‘While there, I've met people I already knew by chance and had chance meetings with new people.’
    • ‘Those meetings give us a chance to see one another and to have coffee - and they keep us all together.’
    • ‘The chance meeting is even more uncanny because Barbara had been searching for John on the internet last week to try to locate him in America.’
    • ‘Diverse characters happen together either by chance or in arranged meetings.’
    • ‘Their meeting was chance when they happened to be walking in the same vicinity.’
    • ‘This is the perfect chance to end these meetings without offending her.’
    • ‘Here, chance meetings and sexual encounters create a mood where anything can happen, even murder.’
    • ‘Without conscious direction there are only chance meetings that create situations between separated beings.’
    • ‘Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation follows two wandering souls that connect through these very chance meetings.’
    • ‘They open up opportunities for fleeting or chance meetings.’
    • ‘Whether it was a chance meeting or a planned meeting is not relevant to the point we were making.’
    • ‘It took a couple more chance meetings before he actually asked me on a date, but he did and that was 7 years ago.’
    consultation, audience, interview
    encounter, contact, introduction, appointment, assignation, rendezvous, tweetup
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Phrases

  • a meeting of (the) minds

    • An understanding or agreement between people.

      • ‘It is a relationship, a coming together, a meeting of minds between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people.’
      • ‘It took a meeting of minds - involving organisations such as Scottish Enterprise, Historic Scotland, the local tourist board and the local authority - to kick-start a renaissance based on quality.’
      • ‘It is everyone's guess whether the two adversaries will be able to reach a meeting of minds.’
      • ‘I'm simply laying the foundation and doing the groundwork to see if there is a meeting of minds.’
      • ‘Where you have a meeting of minds on an issue of such gravity, differences of opinion over micro-economics and international trade melt into the background.’
      • ‘‘It was not,’ says one witness to this extraordinary event, ‘what you might call a meeting of minds.’’
      • ‘The age-old debate between science and art will come to a head this week when this innovative project challenges the two to a meeting of minds.’
      • ‘Currently, there does not appear to be anything close to a meeting of minds in such matters.’
      • ‘It won't bring about a meeting of minds between Canadians and Americans based on a common conception of world politics.’
      • ‘Therefore we'll continue to do what we have to do and what needs to be done to try and have a meeting of minds to have the bills passed.’
      convergence, coming together, confluence, conjunction, union, junction, abutment, concourse, intersection, t-junction, crossing
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Pronunciation

meeting

/ˈmidɪŋ//ˈmēdiNG/