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verb [transitive] encounter pronunciation in American English /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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