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1‘I encountered a girl I used to know’
meet, meet by chance, run into, run across, come across, come upon, stumble across, stumble on, chance on, happen on
informal bump into
archaic run against
2‘the guides will help if you encounter any problems’
experience, come into contact with, run into, come across, come up against, face, be faced with, confront, be forced to contend with
3‘the soldiers encountered a large crowd of demonstrators’
confront, accost, oppose, meet head-on
clash with, come into conflict with, engage with, struggle with, contend with, fight, do battle with, skirmish with
1‘I told them of my encounter with the priest’
meeting, chance meeting, brush, rendezvous
2‘the monument is thought to commemorate a Viking encounter’
battle, fight, clash, conflict, confrontation, engagement, skirmish, brush
informal run-in, set-to, dust-up, scrap
British informal afters
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