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1‘I met an old friend on the train’
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
informal bump into
2‘she first met Paul at a party’
get to know, be introduced to, make the acquaintance of
3‘the committee will meet on Saturday’
gather, assemble, come together, get together, congregate, convene, muster, rally
4‘the curtains don't quite meet’
come together, converge, connect, touch, link up, reach, abut, butt, adjoin, join, unite, intersect, cross
5‘he met death bravely’
face, encounter, undergo, experience, go through, bear, suffer, endure
6‘the announcement was met with widespread hostility’
greet, receive, answer, deal with, handle, treat, face, cope with, approach
7‘he just does not meet the requirements of the job’
fulfil, satisfy, fill, measure up to, conform to, come up to, perform, comply with, answer
8‘shipowners would meet the cost of oil spills’
pay, settle, clear, honour, liquidate, satisfy, discharge, pay off, square, account for
1‘an international meet in Wales’
event, tournament, game, match, contest, competition
bout, fight, encounter, engagement
gathering, convention, conclave, rally, congress, convocation, muster, quiz
‘I was willing to meet him halfway’
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
give and take
split the difference, go fifty-fifty
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