meets; met/ˈmɛt/; meeting meets; met/ˈmɛt/; meeting
Learner's definition of MEET
1 : to see and speak to (someone) for the first time: to be introduced to or become acquainted with (someone)
He met his wife at work.
We met each other in college.
Did you meet anyone interesting at the party?
I'd like you to meet my good friend Bob.
I'm happy/glad/pleased to meet you. = (informally) Pleased to meet you.
It was nice meeting you. = It was a pleasure meeting you. = I'm happy/glad to have met you.
The couple met at a dance.
We met in college.
Have we met? You look familiar.
Actually, we've already met.
2 a : to come together in order to talk: to go to a place to be with someone else
They met for drinks after work.
We arranged to meet for lunch.
Let's meet at the park.
They meet together every week.
We are meeting downtown tomorrow.
b [no object] : to come together formally: to have a meeting: to come together for a discussion
I arranged to meet her for lunch.
She said she'd meet me in/at the park.
I'm being met by a friend at the airport.
I'm planning to meet his plane at the airport. [=to be at the airport waiting for him when his plane arrives]
3 a : to see (someone) by chance b : to come near (someone or something) as you are passing by 4 : to face each other in a game, competition, war, etc.
The teams met in the finals last year.
The candidates will meet for two debates.
Two great armies met on the battlefield that day.
5 : to touch and join with or cross something else
6 a : to be equal to (something): to match (something) b : to succeed in doing or providing (something)
c : to reach (something, such as a goal): to succeed in doing what is required by (something)
They met all our demands. [=they did everything that we demanded]
The restaurant didn't meet (our) expectations. [=it was not as good as we expected it to be]
They haven't yet met the requirements for entry. [=they have not done what they must do for entry]
They met the challenge.
We somehow managed to meet the deadline.
The new policies are intended to help meet the growing demand for new housing.
The company was unable to meet its payroll. [=the company was unable to pay its employees when it was supposed to]
We have enough money to meet our needs. [=to pay for the things that we need]
We work very hard to meet the needs of our customers. [=to provide our customers with what they need]
7 a : to experience or be affected by (something bad or unpleasant)
b : to deal with or face (something) directly
They met defeat bravely.
They met trouble on the way home.
The proposal has met [=encountered] some opposition. [=there has been some opposition to the proposal]
This is the place where he met his death. [=where he was killed; where he died]
I hope they don't meet the fate of so many others in their situation. [=I hope the things that happen to others in their situation do not happen to them]
◊ When two people's eyes meet they look directly at each other.
8 [+ object] : to be sensed by (the eyes, ears, etc.)
We were shocked by the sight that met our eyes/gaze/view. [=we were shocked by what we saw]
A distant murmur met his ear/ears. [=he heard a distant murmur]
When they opened the door they were met by/with a shocking sight. [=they saw something shocking]
meet (someone) halfway
: to reach an agreement with (someone) by giving up something that you want: to compromise with (someone)
We can't comply with all your requests, but we can meet you halfway.
Can we at least meet halfway on this?
meet up with[phrasal verb]
meet up with (someone)informal
: to come together with (someone): to go to a place to be with (someone)
meet with[phrasal verb]
1 meet with (someone) : to come together with (someone) to talk about something: to have a meeting with (someone) 2 meet with (something) : to have or experience (something)
The proposal has met with (some) opposition.
We met with many adventures on our trip.
He met with a warm reception [=he was warmly received/welcomed] when he arrived.
When she didn't arrive on time, we were worried that she might have met with an accident.
Her ideas met with their approval. [=they approved her ideas]
Learner's definition of MEET
1 chiefly US : a large gathering of athletes for a sports competition
— called also "British"meeting
2 British : an event or occasion when people come together to hunt foxes