verb (past and past participle met /mɛt/)[with object]
- 1Arrange or happen to come into the presence or company of (someone): a week later I met him in the street [no object]: we met for lunch they arranged to meet up that afternoonMore example sentences
- The student had tapped her name and mobile phone number into his phone and arranged to meet him for lunch before she left.
- I'd arranged to meet my partner Nick for lunch to get his verdict on the new me.
- I arranged to meet Andrew in a pub in Hampstead called the Holly Bush.
- 1.1Make the acquaintance of (someone) for the first time: she took Paul to meet her parents [no object]: we met at an office partyMore example sentences
- I understand now, that we have to go through several acquaintances before we meet true friends.
- He is also an acquaintance of Raj, having met him in mid 2002.
- The sky shifted in colors as she thought back to the duration of time about eleven years ago when she met her foster parents.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a group of people) assemble for a purpose: the committee meets once a fortnightMore example sentences
- The group met for an assembly dedicated to the celebration, a tour of the school and a 1950s-style school dinner.
- The group meets once a month and is particularly keen to hear from residents with an interest in local history, architecture and open spaces.
- The group meets once a month to discuss ways of combating city centre crime.
- 1.3 [no object] (meet with) Have a meeting with (someone): he met with the president on September 16More example sentences
- He meets with the President every day, he's meeting with him now.
- Later this hour, President Bush meets with emergency officials in Mississippi.
- The consultants were very deeply concerned when I was invited to meet with them recently.
- 1.4Go to a place and wait there for (a person or their means of transport) to arrive: Stuart met us off the boatMore example sentences
- Also, a similar service was proposed to run to Cheddington Station to meet hotel guests arriving by train.
- We drove into the main bazaar, fully expecting some of these functionaries to be waiting to meet us.
- When I travel to Crewe to meet the Tommys, an as-yet unsigned all-girl pop-punk quartet, their manager Paul meets me off the train.
- 1.5Come together as opponents in a competition: in the final group match, England will meet the Australians [no object]: the teams will meet in the European Cup final at WembleyMore example sentences
- The Springboks would have an easier route through the competition, probably meeting France in the semis.
- Five years ago when these two teams met it was a victory to Cranleigh by 39-10.
- The men's second team met Leigh first who were just above them in the league.
- 1.6Encounter or experience (a particular situation or attitude): he met his death in 1946 [no object]: we met with a slight setbackMore example sentences
- In all the time we have been booking courses we have not met this attitude before.
- Our children don't need to meet those selfish attitudes behind a steering wheel.
- It becomes particularly important when the relationship meets an impasse.
- 1.7 (meet something with) Have (a particular reaction) to: the announcement was met with widespread protestsMore example sentences
- But perhaps just as telling was the widespread cynicism the scandal was met with.
- Gillespie's comments were met with mixed reactions at the Scottish Open, finishing today at Loch Lomond.
- But the findings were met with a mixed reaction from lunchtime drinkers in the pavement bars and cafes of Manchester yesterday.
- 1.8 [no object] (meet with) Receive (a particular reaction): I’m sorry if it doesn’t meet with your approvalMore example sentences
- These developments have met with a mixed reaction in the respective countries.
- Plans to move a drug addiction clinic near a city centre shopping area have met with a mixed reaction.
- The recent rise in the number of debt collection agencies has met with a mixed reaction.
- 2Touch; join: icebergs are created when glaciers meet the sea [no object]: the curtains failed to meet in the middle • figurative our eyes met across the tableMore example sentences
- She reached up, and his lips met hers, softly, like the petals of a rose, their touch was warm like a fire.
- Turning to see what he wanted she was surprised when his lips met hers.
- Then, with agonizing slowness, his head bent to hers and his lips met hers passionately.
- 3Fulfil or satisfy (a need, requirement, or condition): this policy is doing nothing to meet the needs of womenMore example sentences
- If something doesn't meet your needs and requirements then there will be another tradition around the next corner.
- Anaemia is a condition in which the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to meet the body's needs.
- St David's Cathedral already meets the requirements of health and safety regulations but many other churches don't.
- 3.1Pay (a financial claim or obligation): all your household expenses will still have to be metMore example sentences
- Port charges were generally revised upward to meet debt obligations.
- The spokesperson said it could not afford to meet the claim as FLS was still losing money in Ireland.
- This is to ensure that there is sufficient money to meet its obligations.
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- 1British A gathering of riders and hounds before a hunt begins: she fell from her horse during a weekend meetMore example sentences
- These groups however are discredited by the outrageous actions they take to disrupt hunt meets.
- The meets for the foxhounds in the areas that I hunt are pretty near to where the horses are kept.
- Last Friday was one of the biggest Boxing Day meets of the Tedworth Hunt for years and it attracted a larger than usual number of anti-hunt protestors.
- 2An organized event at which a number of races or other athletic contests are held: major meets such as national championshipsMore example sentences
- The second begins when Del Mar and Saratoga open their gates in July to conduct the last two great race meets in the United States.
- There's the Shrum Bowl, basketball and volleyball tournaments and swim meets, to name just a few.
- Worrell feels it's important for youngsters to take advantage of locally organized swim meets.
make ends meet
- see end.
meet the case
- British Be adequate: do you think an income of two hundred a year would meet the case?More example sentences
- You must not underrate the difficulties of my undertaking, or imagine that a mere commonplace assassination would meet the case.
- Ms Sheppard, if I were to order that the application be dismissed for want of prosecution and that the applicant pay the first respondent's costs including reserved costs, would that meet the case?
- If I make orders in those terms, will that meet the case?
meet someone's eye (or eyes)
- 1Be visible: the sight that met his eyes was truly amazingMore example sentences
- They ran outside, and an incredible sight met their eyes.
- When they came to the top, a beautiful sight met their eyes.
- The ballroom at the hotel was set for the night and as Natalie and Kate went through its doors a spectacular sight met their eyes.
- 2 (also meet someone's gaze) Look directly at someone: for a moment, he refused to meet her eyes Robyn met his insolent gazeMore example sentences
- She met his gaze directly, without a trace of emotion on her face.
- He inclined his head slightly, not meeting her gaze directly.
- Although she was facing him, her eyes were directed past him, refusing to meet his gaze.
meet someone halfway
- Make a compromise with someone: I am prepared to meet him halfway by paying him a further £25,000More example sentences
- But I think they will be met halfway, because although there is often talk of revolution, things tend to turn out less radically, and we have evolution instead.
- I would have thought it would have met us halfway or helped stop this happening again.
- So I suspect most of them will act like the DGA has met them halfway on the matter, and we'll wait to fight this battle another day.
meet one's Maker
- see maker.
meet one's match
- see match1.
there's more to someone (or something) than meets the eye
- A person or situation is more complex or interesting than they appear.More example sentences
- Maybe there's more to this situation than meets the eye.
- I think that there's more to this story than meets the eye.
- If he kicks up a fuss, you know there's more to the relationship than meets the eye.
Old English mētan 'come upon', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moeten, also to moot.
Middle English (in the sense 'made to fit'): shortening of Old English gemǣte, of Germanic origin; related to mete1.