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verb [transitive] American English pronunciation: encounter /ɪnˈkaʊntər/ 
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present tense
present participleencountering
past tenseencountered
past participleencountered

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  1. 1
    to experience or deal with something, especially a problem

    We encountered one small problem during the trial run.

    The rebels encountered no opposition on their march into the city.

  2. 2
    formal to meet someone or to see something for the first time

    the most critical person I had ever encountered

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