Language: Old English
Origin: metan


1 verb
meet1 S1 W1 past tense and past participle met

see somebody at an arranged place

[intransitive,transitive not in passive] to go to a place where someone will be at a particular time, according to an arrangement, so that you can talk or do something together:
Meet me at 8.00.
I'll meet you by the main reception desk.
meet (somebody) for something
Why don't we meet for lunch on Friday?
We arranged to meet outside the theatre.

see somebody by chance

[intransitive,transitive not in passive] to see someone by chance and talk to them [= bump into]:
You'll never guess who I met in town.
I was worried I might meet Henry on the bus.

see somebody for the first time

[intransitive,transitive not in passive] to see and talk to someone for the first time, or be introduced to them:
We first met in Florence.
I met my husband at university.
Jane, come and meet my brother.
nice/pleased to meet you (=used to greet someone politely when you have just met them for the first time)
'This is my niece, Sarah.' 'Pleased to meet you.'
(it was) nice meeting you (=used to say goodbye politely to someone you have just met for the first time)

see somebody at an airport/station etc

[transitive] to be waiting for someone at an airport, station etc when they arrive in a plane or train:
My dad met us at the station.
I'll come and meet you off the plane.

come together to discuss something

[intransitive] to come together in the same place in order to discuss something:
The committee meets once a month.
The two groups will meet next week to discuss the project.

compete against somebody

[intransitive,transitive not in passive] to play against another person or team in a competition, or to fight another army in a war:
Manchester United will meet Blackburn Rovers in the sixth round of the Cup.
The two armies finally met on the battlefield at Stamford Bridge.

join or touch

[intransitive,transitive not in passive] if two things meet, they touch or join at a particular place:
The two roads meet just north of Flagstaff.
Their hands met under the table.

experience a problem or situation

[transitive] to experience a problem, attitude, or situation [= encounter, come across]:
Wherever she went she met hostility and prejudice.

meet a problem/challenge

to deal with a problem or something difficult that you have to do:
The new building will mean that we can meet the challenge of increasing student numbers.

meet a need/demand/requirement/condition etc

to do something that someone wants, needs, or expects you to do or be as good as they need, expect etc:
The company says it is unable to meet the workers' demands for higher wages.
The service is tailored to meet your needs.
beaches which meet European standards of cleanliness

meet a deadline

to finish something at the time it is meant to be finished:
We are still hoping to meet the November deadline.

meet a goal/target etc

to achieve something that you are trying to achieve:
It's impossible to meet the sales targets.
The scheme does not meet its objectives.

meet a debt/cost/expense etc

to make a payment that needs to be made:
The government has promised to meet the cost of clearing up after the floods.

there's more to somebody/something than meets the eye

used to say that someone or something is more interesting, intelligent etc than they seem to be

our/their eyes meet

if two people's eyes meet, they look at each other:
Our eyes met momentarily, then he looked away.
His eyes met Nina's and she smiled.

meet somebody's eye(s)/gaze/glance etc

to look directly at someone who is looking at you:
Ruth looked down, unable to meet his eye.
She turned to meet his gaze.

meet your eye(s)

if something meets your eyes, you see it:
An extraordinary scene met our eyes as we entered the room.

meet your match

to compete against an opponent who is stronger or more skilful than you are:
I think he might have met his match in Simon.

meet somebody halfway

to do some of the things that someone wants, in order to reach an agreement with them

meet (something) head-on

a) if two moving vehicles meet head-on, they are facing each other and hit each other suddenly and violently
b) if you meet a problem head-on, you deal with it directly without trying to avoid it

meet your death/end

to die in a particular way:
He met his death at the hands of enemy soldiers.

meet your maker

to die - used humorously

meet your Waterloo

to finally be defeated after you have been successful for a long time

➔ make ends meet

at end1 (18)

meet up

phrasal verb
1 to meet someone in order to do something together:
We often meet up after work and go for a drink.
meet up with
I've got to go now, but I'll meet up with you later.
2 if roads, paths etc meet up, they join together at a particular place
meet up with
The path eventually meets up with the main road.

meet with somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to have a meeting with someone:
Representatives of EU countries will meet with senior American politicians to discuss the trade crisis.
2 also be met with something to get a particular reaction or result
meet with opposition/disapproval etc
His comments have met with widespread opposition.
meet with support/approval etc
Her ideas have met with support from doctors and health professionals.
meet with success/failure (=succeed or fail)
Our attempts at negotiation finally met with some success.

meet with an accident

formal to be injured or killed in an accident

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