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1encounter/ɪnˈkaʊntɚ/verb
encountersencounteredencountering
1encounter
/ɪnˈkaʊntɚ/
verb
encountersencounteredencountering
Learner's definition of ENCOUNTER  
[+ object]
: to have or experience (problems, difficulties, etc.)
formal  : to meet (someone) without expecting or intending to
2encounter/ɪnˈkaʊntɚ/noun
pluralencounters
2encounter
/ɪnˈkaʊntɚ/
noun
pluralencounters
Learner's definition of ENCOUNTER  
[count]
: a meeting that is not planned or expected
   b  : a usually brief experience with another person
   c  : a violent or very unfriendly meeting
: an occasion when you deal with or experience something
◊ To have a close encounter with something is to come very close to being hurt or damaged by it.
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