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



    BrE BrE//miːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//miːt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they meet
    BrE BrE//miːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//miːt//
    he / she / it meets
    BrE BrE//miːts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//miːts//
    past simple met
    BrE BrE//met//
    ; NAmE NAmE//met//
    past participle met
    BrE BrE//met//
    ; NAmE NAmE//met//
    -ing form meeting
    BrE BrE//ˈmiːtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmiːtɪŋ//
    Business meetings
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    by chance
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive, no passive] to be in the same place as somebody by chance and talk to them Maybe we'll meet again some time. meet somebody Did you meet anyone in town?
  2. by arrangement
  3. 2  [intransitive, transitive, no passive] to come together formally in order to discuss something The committee meets on Fridays. meet somebody The Prime Minister met other European leaders for talks. meet with somebody The President met with senior White House aides. See related entries: Business meetings
  4. 3  [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 theatre at 7.
  5. 4  [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 him off the plane.
  6. for the first time
  7. 5  [transitive, no passive, intransitive] meet (somebody) to see and know somebody for the first time; to be introduced to somebody Where did you first meet your husband? (especially British English) Pleased to meet you. (North American English) Nice meeting you. There's someone I want you to meet. I don't think we've met.
  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, 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 sea. His hand met hers.
  14. satisfy
  15. 9[transitive] meet something to do or satisfy what is needed or what somebody asks for synonym fulfil 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. Word OriginOld English mētan ‘come upon’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moeten, also to moot.Extra examples A year or so later I happened to meet him again. He had failed to meet his performance targets. I arranged to meet her for lunch. I look forward to meeting you next week. I met up with my friends in town. Leonora met his gaze without flinching. Management will meet with union representatives next week. The course is designed to meet the needs of young learners. The three sisters rarely meet in person, but spend hours on the phone. They were determined to meet the challenge head-on. We met the next day at a local bar. We met up after school. When these two finally met, the connection was electric. an interactive site where people can meet online the place where they had first met 50% of the candidates failed to meet the standard required. I can’t possibly meet that deadline. I don’t think we’ve met. I hope we’ll meet again soon. Let’s meet for a drink after work. Many families on these estates are struggling to meet their financial commitments. Nice to meet you. That’s where the river meets the sea. The company will meet the cost of the journey. The curtains don’t meet in the middle. The school had to sell off its playing fields to meet its debt repayments. There’s someone I want you to meet. Until these conditions are met we can’t proceed with the sale. We’re meeting them outside the theatre at 7.Idioms
    find/meet your match (in somebody)
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    to meet somebody 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.
    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), meet somebody’s gaze, look, etc., people’s eyes meet
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    1. 1[transitive, intransitive] if you meet somebody’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.
    to reach an agreement with somebody 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. (especially humorous) to die
    never the twain shall meet
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    (saying) 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
    where the rubber meets the road
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    (North American English) the point at which something is tested and you really find out whether it is successful or true Here's where the rubber meets the road: will consumers actually buy the product?
    Phrasal Verbsmeet up (with somebody)meet with somebodymeet with somethingmeet something with something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: meet