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encounter

2 noun
     
encounter2 [countable]
1 an occasion when you meet someone, or do something with someone you do not know:
She didn't remember our encounter last summer.
encounter with
His first encounter with Wilson was back in 1989.
Bernstein began training the young musician after a chance encounter at a concert (=a meeting that happened by chance).
casual sexual encounters (=occasions when people have sex)
encounter between
hostile encounters between supporters of rival football teams
2 an occasion when you meet or experience something
encounter with
a child's first encounter with books
a close encounter with a snake (=a frightening situation in which you get too close to something)

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