|Origin:||encontrer, from Late Latin incontra 'toward'|
en‧coun‧ter1 W3 [transitive]
to experience something, especially problems or opposition
They encountered serious problems when two members of the expedition were injured.
The government has encountered strong opposition to its plans to raise income tax.
The doctor had encountered several similar cases in the past.
to meet someone without planning to:
I first encountered him when studying at Cambridge.