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Syllabification: mete
Pronunciation: /mēt
 
/

verb

[with object] (mete something out)
1Dispense or allot justice, a punishment, or harsh treatment: he denounced the maltreatment meted out to minorities
More example sentences
  • 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
dispense, hand out, allocate, allot, apportion, issue, deal out, dole out, dish out, assign, administer
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, determine the quantity of', 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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  • meat from (Old English):

    Meat is related to mete (Old English), an old word meaning ‘to measure’, and mate (Late Middle English) through the idea of a mate being someone you share food with. It goes back to an ancient root shared with meditate (late 16th century). The earliest sense of meat was simply ‘food’. This survives in the proverb one man's meat is another man's poison, which is recorded in English from the late 16th century but has a parallel in the work of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius of the 1st century bc. Other early meanings include ‘an item of food’, now found only in sweetmeat (Late Middle English). See also flesh

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There are 2 main definitions of mete in English:

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mete2

Syllabification: mete
Pronunciation: /mēt
 
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noun

(usually metes and bounds) chiefly historical
A boundary or boundary stone.
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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  • meat from (Old English):

    Meat is related to mete (Old English), an old word meaning ‘to measure’, and mate (Late Middle English) through the idea of a mate being someone you share food with. It goes back to an ancient root shared with meditate (late 16th century). The earliest sense of meat was simply ‘food’. This survives in the proverb one man's meat is another man's poison, which is recorded in English from the late 16th century but has a parallel in the work of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius of the 1st century bc. Other early meanings include ‘an item of food’, now found only in sweetmeat (Late Middle English). See also flesh

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