Definition of encounter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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encounter

verb
/ɪnˈkaʊntər/
 
 
1 encounter something to experience something, especially something unpleasant or difficult, while you are trying to do something else synonym meet with, run intoWe encountered a number of difficulties in the first week.I had never encountered such resistance before.2 encounter someone/something (formal) to meet someone, or discover or experience something, especially someone or something new, unusual, or unexpected synonym come acrossShe was the most remarkable woman he had ever encountered.