English - Etymology 1
From Middle English meten, from Old English mētan (“to meet, find, find out, fall in with, encounter, obtain”), from Proto-Germanic *mōtijaną (“to meet”), from Proto-Indo-European *mōd-, *mad- (“to come, meet”). Cognate with Scots met, mete, meit (“to meet”), North Frisian mete (“to meet”), West Frisian moetsje (“to meet”), Dutch ontmoeten (“to meet”), Low German, möten (“to meet”), Danish møde (“to meet”), Swedish möta (“to meet”), Icelandic mæta (“to meet”). Related to moot.
(heading) Of individuals: to make personal contact.
- To come face to face with by accident; to encounter.
- To come face to face with someone by arrangement.
To be introduced to someone.
- I'm pleased to meet you! I'd like you to meet a colleague of mine.
- I met my husband through a mutual friend at a party. It wasn't love at first sight; in fact, we couldn't stand each other at first!
1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
- Captain Edward Carlisle […] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, […]; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
- (Ireland) To French kiss someone.
(heading) Of groups: to gather or oppose.
To gather for a formal or social discussion.
1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapterIII:
- At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapterIII:
To come together in conflict.
- 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X, chapter lv:
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- (sports) To play a match.
- To gather for a formal or social discussion.
(heading) To make physical or perceptual contact.
- To converge and finally touch or intersect.
- To touch or hit something while moving.
- To adjoin, be physically touching.
English - Etymology 2
From Middle English mete, imete, from Old English ġemǣte (“suitable, having the same measurements”), from the Proto-Germanic *gamētijaz (cognate with Dutch meten (“measure”), German gemäß (“suitable”) etc.), itself from collective prefix ge- + Proto-Indo-European *med- (“to measure”).
- suitable; right; proper
English - References
Dutch - Pronunciation
- Rhymes: -eːt
- IPA(key): /meːt/