meet - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlemeeting
past tensemet
past participlemet
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to come together in order to talk to someone who you have arranged to see

    I’ll meet you in the bar later.

    meet for:

    We’re meeting for lunch tomorrow.

    meet to do something:

    I’d like to meet to talk about your future.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to see and speak to someone without planning to

      You’ll never guess who I met on the plane.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to be introduced to someone who you do not know

      Have you met my wife?

      I think they met at college.

    3. c.
      [intransitive/transitive] to come together with other people as a group in order to discuss something formally or officially
      meet to do something:

      The council will meet next week to decide what action to take.

    4. d.
      [transitive] to be waiting for someone when they arrive somewhere

      We’ll come out to the airport to meet you.

      meet someone off the train/boat/plane etc:

      Could you meet Maggie off the train in London?

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to play against an opponent in a game

    The two teams met last year in the final.

    They are likely to meet Barcelona in the next round.

  3. 3



    meet with

    [transitive] to get a particular result or reaction

    We tried to investigate but met a wall of silence.

    meet (with) opposition/approval/resistance etc:

    The bill met strong opposition from the Tories.

    be met by/with something:

    The officials were met by complaints about joblessness and crime.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if things such as roads, lines, or areas meet, they join each other

    The two rivers meet just north of the town.

    the line where the land meets the sky

  5. 5
    [transitive] to do or provide what is necessary in order to deal successfully with a situation

    This technology can meet the challenges of the 21st century.

    meet the needs of someone/something:

    The water won’t meet the needs of the local population.

    1. a.
      to do what you planned or promised to do

      Will the government be able to meet their spending targets?

  6. 6
    [transitive] to pay money that is owed or needed for something

    My salary is only just enough to meet our living expenses.

  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] if two people’s eyes meet, they look directly into each other’s eyes, often communicating something

    Their eyes met long enough for him to see the warning.

    She was finding it hard to meet his gaze.

  8. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary if two things meet, they touch or join each other

    Her lips met mine.

phrasal verbs

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