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noun [countable] encounter pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈkaʊntər/
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  1. 1
    a meeting, especially one that was not planned
    I had not seen her since our brief encounter two years before.
    a close encounter: We had a frighteningly close encounter with a black bear.
    1. a.
      an occasion when people have sex, especially in a way that was not planned
      Risk of exposure to HIV increases with each casual encounter.
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    2. b.
      an occasion when people meet and fight or argue
      The march ended in a violent encounter with the police.
    3. c.
      mainly journalism a meeting between opponents in a sports competition
      Their last encounter ended in a tie.
  2. 2
    an experience or discovery of a particular kind
    encounter with: my earliest encounter with ballet


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