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American English: /ɪnˈkaʊn(t)ər/
, /ɛnˈkaʊn(t)ər/
British English: /ɪnˈkaʊntə/
, /ɛnˈkaʊntə/

Translation of encounter in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (be faced with)
    encontrarse con
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (come across)
    tropezar con
    toparse con
    Example sentences
    • Upon his return he encountered Mistress Dorset in the corridor.
    • Rather, it appeared to be shock at encountering the person she least expected to meet.
    • It is only infrequently in life that one encounters people whose talents have been recognised and honoured by society.


  • 1 (meeting) a chance encounter
    un encuentro casual or fortuito
    casual sexual encounters
    relaciones (feminine plural) sexuales fuera de una pareja estable
    his first encounter with the law
    su primer tropiezo con la ley
    my first encounter with the works of Tennyson
    mi primera toma de contacto con la obra de Tennyson
    Example sentences
    • Our casual lakeside encounters evolved into more regular meetings, dancing and dating.
    • But you probably don't appreciate casual encounters.
    • When you go to work, or visit a park, it is possible that you will have a range of unexpected encounters, however fleeting or seemingly inconsequential.
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