Definition of encounter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    encounter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkaʊntə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkaʊntər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encounter
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkaʊntə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkaʊntər//
     
    he / she / it encounters
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkaʊntəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkaʊntərz//
     
    past simple encountered
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkaʊntəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkaʊntərd//
     
    past participle encountered
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkaʊntəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkaʊntərd//
     
    -ing form encountering
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkaʊntərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkaʊntərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  encounter something to experience something, especially something unpleasant or difficult, while you are trying to do something else synonym meet (7), run into We encountered a number of difficulties in the first week. I had never encountered such resistance before.
  2. 2  encounter somebody/something (formal) to meet somebody, or discover or experience something, especially somebody/something new, unusual or unexpected synonym come across She was the most remarkable woman he had ever encountered.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘meet as an adversary’ and ‘a meeting of adversaries’; formerly also as incounter): from Old French encontrer (verb), encontre (noun), based on Latin in- ‘in’ + contra ‘against’.Extra examples Walruses were commonly encountered in the Shetland Islands until quite recently. What are the difficulties you are most likely to encounter? an idea I first encountered when I was in the army
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