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Definition of encounter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they encounter
    he / she / it encounters
    past simple encountered
    -ing form encountering
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  1. 1encounter something to experience something, especially something unpleasant or difficult, while you are trying to do something else synonym meet with something, run into We encountered a number of difficulties in the first week. I had never encountered such resistance before.
  2. 2encounter somebody/something (formal) to meet someone, or discover or experience something, especially someone or something new, unusual, or unexpected synonym come across somebody/something She was the most remarkable woman he had ever encountered.
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