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

     

    greet

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡriːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they greet
    BrE BrE//ɡriːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːt//
     
    he / she / it greets
    BrE BrE//ɡriːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːts//
     
    past simple greeted
    BrE BrE//ˈɡriːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːtɪd//
     
    past participle greeted
    BrE BrE//ˈɡriːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːtɪd//
     
    -ing form greeting
    BrE BrE//ˈɡriːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to say hello to somebody or to welcome them greet somebody He greeted all the guests warmly as they arrived. The winning team was greeted by cheering crowds. greet somebody with something She greeted us with a smile. see also meet-and-greet
  2. 2[usually passive] to react to somebody/something in a particular way greet somebody/something Loud cheers greeted the news. greet somebody/something with something The changes were greeted with suspicion. greet somebody/something as something The team's win was greeted as a major triumph.
  3. 3[usually passive] greet somebody (of sights, sounds or smells) to be the first thing that you see, hear or smell at a particular time When she opened the door she was greeted by a scene of utter confusion.
  4. Word Origin Old English grētan ‘approach, attack, or salute’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch groeten and German grüssen ‘greet’.Extra examples She greeted him with a quick kiss. Stella greeted her mother coolly. The announcement was greeted angrily by the workers. The head teacher greeted all the pupils by name. The news was greeted with astonishment. The president rose to greet his guests. The two men greeted one another warmly. You must be there to greet your guests. Loud cheers greeted the athletes. The team’s win was greeted as a major triumph.
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