verb[with object] (mete something out)
- 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.
- 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.’
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.
noun(usually metes and bounds) chiefly historical
- 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.’
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin meta 'boundary, goal'.