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noun [countable] encounter pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈkaʊntə(r)/ 
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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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of encounter
    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.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of encounter
    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 draw.

  2. 2
    an experience or discovery of a particular kind
    encounter with:

    my earliest encounter with the theatre

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