There are 2 main definitions of mete in English:

mete1

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Pronunciation: /miːt
 
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verb

[with object] (mete something out)
1Dispense or allot justice, a punishment, or harsh treatment: he denounced the maltreatment meted out to minorities
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  • Certainly it was a shocking and upsetting moment when his punishment was meted out to him with so little justice, especially when he is told that he must become a Christian.
  • Severe punishments will be meted out on violators, particularly those who abuse the internet to download and spread ‘poisonous and harmful’ information.
  • No punishments have been meted out to anyone as yet but an investigation is going on.
Synonyms
1.1(In biblical use) measure out: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again
More example sentences
  • It is recorded in Jeremiah that everyone will be meted out retribution for his own sins.
  • It brings to mind an old warning: ‘With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.’

Origin

Old English metan 'measure', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meten and German messen 'to measure', from an Indo-European root shared by Latin meditari 'meditate', Greek medesthai 'care for', also by meet2.

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There are 2 main definitions of mete in English:

mete2

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Pronunciation: /miːt
 
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noun

(usually metes and bounds) historical
A boundary or boundary stone.
More example sentences
  • In my opinion any part of a building which is defined by metes and bounds is ‘premises’ in respect of which a licence can be granted, provided it is in the justices' opinion structurally adapted for the sale of liquor.’

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin meta 'boundary, goal'.

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