American English

Definition of meet verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they meet
    he / she / it meets
    past simple met
    -ing form meeting
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    by arrangement
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive, no passive] to come together formally in order to discuss something The committee meets on Fridays. meet somebody World leaders are meeting in Paris next month for talks. meet with somebody The President met with senior White House aides.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive, no passive] to come together socially after you have arranged it meet (for something) Let's meet for a drink after work. meet somebody (for something) We're meeting them outside the theater at 7.
  3. 3[transitive] meet somebody/something to go to a place and wait there for a particular person to arrive Will you meet me at the airport? The hotel bus meets all incoming flights. I met his plane at 6 o'clock, but he wasn't on it.
  4. for the first time
  5. 4[transitive, no passive, intransitive] meet (somebody) to see and know someone for the first time; to be introduced to someone Where did you first meet your husband? Pleased to meet you. Nice meeting you. There's someone I want you to meet. I don't think we've met.
  6. by chance
  7. 5[intransitive, transitive, no passive] to be in the same place as someone by chance and talk to them Maybe we'll meet again some time. meet somebody Did you meet anyone in town?
  8. in contest
  9. 6[intransitive, transitive, no passive] to play, fight, etc. together as opponents in a competition Smith and Jones met in last year's final. meet somebody Smith met Jones in last year's final.
  10. experience something
  11. 7[transitive] meet something to experience something, often something unpleasant Others have met similar problems. How she met her death will probably never be known. synonym come across somebody/something synonym encounter
  12. touch/join
  13. 8[intransitive, transitive] to touch something; to join The curtains don't meet in the middle. meet something That's where the river meets the ocean. His hand met hers.
  14. satisfy
  15. 9[transitive] meet something to do or satisfy what is needed or what someone asks for synonym fulfill How can we best meet the needs of all the different groups? Until these conditions are met we cannot proceed with the sale. I can't possibly meet that deadline.
  16. pay
  17. 10[transitive] meet something to pay something The cost will be met by the company.
  18. Idioms
    find/meet your match (in somebody)
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    to meet someone who is equal to, or even better than you in strength, skill, or intelligence He thought he could beat anyone at chess but he's met his match in Peter.
    make ends meet
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    to earn just enough money to be able to buy the things you need Many families struggle to make ends meet.
      meet somebody's eye(s)
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    1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (also meet somebody's gaze, look, etc., people's eyes meet) if you meet someone's eye(s), you look directly at them as they look at you; if two people's eyes meet, they look directly at each other She was afraid to meet my eye. Their eyes met across the crowded room. She met his gaze without flinching.
    2. 2[transitive] meet somebody's eye(s) your eyes if a sight meets your eyes, you see it A terrible sight met their eyes.
    meet somebody halfway
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    to reach an agreement with someone by giving them part of what they want If he was prepared to apologize, the least she could do was meet him halfway and accept some of the blame.
    meet your Maker (especially humorous)
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    to die
    never the twain shall meet (saying)
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    used to say that two things are so different that they cannot exist together
    there is more to somebody/something than meets the eye
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    a person or thing is more complicated or interesting than you might think at first
    Phrasal Verbsmeet up (with somebody)meet with somebodymeet with somethingmeet something with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: meet