Definition of encounter in English:


Line breaks: en|coun¦ter
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkaʊntə
, ɛn-/


[with object]
  • 1Unexpectedly be faced with or experience (something hostile or difficult): we have encountered one small problem
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    • Officials said coalition forces ordered the airstrike after encountering hostile fire from the location.
    • He said the troops did not encounter any hostile fire.
    • But they're likely to encounter a hostile European Union.
    experience, come into contact with, run into, come across, come up against, face, be faced with, confront, be forced to contend with


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Middle English (in the senses 'meet as an adversary' and 'a meeting of adversaries'; formerly also as incounter): from Old French encontrer (verb), encontre (noun), based on Latin in- 'in' + contra 'against'.

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