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Definition of greet verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they greet
    he / she / it greets
    past simple greeted
    -ing form greeting
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  1. 1to say hello to someone or to welcome them greet somebody He greeted all the guests warmly as they arrived. The winning team was greeted by cheering crowds. greet somebody with something She greeted us with a smile.
  2. 2[usually passive] to react to someone or something in a particular way greet somebody/something Loud cheers greeted the news. greet somebody/something with something The changes were greeted with suspicion. greet somebody/something as something The team's win was greeted as a major triumph.
  3. 3[usually passive] greet somebody (of sights, sounds, or smells) to be the first thing that you see, hear, or smell at a particular time When she opened the door, she was greeted by a scene of utter confusion.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: greet

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