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