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verb [transitive]     greet pronunciation in American English
/ɡrit/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygreet
he/she/itgreets
present participlegreeting
past tensegreeted
past participlegreeted
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  1. 1
    to behave in a polite or friendly way toward someone when you meet them

    Natalie rushed to open the door and greet the guests.

    greet someone with a smile/kiss:

    The women greet each other with kisses on both cheeks.

    The Prime Minister greeted him at the airport.

    Bruce was warmly greeted by his colleagues.

  2. 2
    to react to an action or news in a particular way
    be greeted with something:

    The announcement was greeted with some skepticism by environmental groups.

    be greeted by something:

    The decision was greeted by violent demonstrations.

  3. 3
    [often passive] if you are greeted by a sight, sound, or smell, it is the first thing that you notice

    We were greeted by the familiar smell of baking bread.

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