encounter - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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.

    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.

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    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.