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Definitions of encounter

  1. a minor short- term fight
  2. come upon, as if by accident; meet with; " We find this idea in Plato"; " I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; " She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
  3. come together; " I'll probably see you at the meeting"; " How nice to see you again!"
  4. a casual meeting with a person of thing
  5. experience as a reaction; " My proposal met with much opposition"
  6. a casual or unexpected convergence; " he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; " there was a brief encounter in the hallway"
  7. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; " Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; " Charlie likes to play Mary"
  8. be beset by; " The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
  9. To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a truth.
  10. To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo.
  11. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
  12. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.
  13. To come upon suddenly; meet face to face.
  14. To come into collision with someone or something; meet someone in combat.
  15. A sudden or accidental meeting; conflict.
  16. To run counter to or against: to meet face to face, esp. unexpectedly: to meet in contest: to oppose.
  17. A meeting unexpectedly: an interview: a fight.
  18. A sudden meeting; combat.
  19. To meet; oppose; join in combat.
  20. To come upon; meet face to face or in conflict.
  21. A sudden or hostile meeting; conflict; battle.
  22. A sudden or accidental meeting of two or more persons; a meeting in contest: a fight; an interview; eager and warm conversation, either in love or anger; a sudden or unexpected address or accosting.
  23. To meet face to face unexpectedly; to meet in conflict; to fight; to meet in opposition or debate.
  24. A sudden or accidental meeting of two or more persons; a combat; a fight; a battle.
  25. To meet suddenly or unexpectedly; to meet in opposition or in a hostile manner; to resist and oppose; to fight.
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Usage examples for encounter

  1. So, closer: let the beat Of your heart encounter mine. – The Two Twilights by Henry A. Beers
  2. Henceforth, I go about my business as before, for it is thus that I may expect the sooner to encounter you. – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis
  3. Ever had the worse of an encounter, sir? – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  4. Nor, to give him his due, was it probable that he should be in any way afraid of any man that he might encounter. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  5. This was my first encounter with the government troops. – Captain Macklin by Richard Harding Davis
  6. This went on till six weeks had passed from the time of their first encounter. – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
  7. " Yes, but," said Christopher, " I should not like my wife to encounter a public room." – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  8. On the day of the sheep encounter, agitated, wounded, and with great difficulty keeping back her tears, Ella hurried on; and had Max Bray's position been one of danger, it is very doubtful whether any assistance would have been rendered him through Ella, so thoroughly was she taken up with her own position. – By Birth a Lady by George Manville Fenn
  9. Not to encounter Grantline at once, Miko? – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  10. He is an honest little fellow, but I am afraid he would not have shone in an encounter of that sort." – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  11. A moment or two after this encounter, however, there came a sudden stir. – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  12. But it was not, for in a quarter of an hour he was soundly off, breathing heavily, and too thoroughly tired out to dream about the encounter with the bear. – Steve Young by George Manville Fenn
  13. Madame saw that she had lost the encounter, for the simple reason that the right was all on his side, the wrong and injustice on hers. – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  14. Five rifles, however, were more than they were prepared to encounter. – Afar in the Forest by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. Why didn't you mention this encounter at dinner? – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  16. She could not bother with boys if there was any chance of another encounter. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  17. This time he seemed to encounter opposition, for loud shouts interrupted his words. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  18. Ye encounter us in evil wise; ye wish to make your fair daughter a widow far too soon. – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  19. In that instant of their encounter he had realised his own weakness. – The Long Lane's Turning by Hallie Erminie Rives
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