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verb [transitive] greet pronunciation in British English /ɡriːt/ 
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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 towards someone when you meet them

    Natalie rushed to open the door and greet the guests.

    The Prime Minister greeted him at the airport.

    Bruce was warmly greeted by his colleagues.

    greet someone with a smile/kiss:

    The women greet each other with kisses on both cheeks.

  2. 2
    to react to an action or news in a particular way

    A burst of applause greeted the players.

    be greeted with something:

    The announcement was greeted with some scepticism 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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