Encounter is defined as to meet, especially unexpectedly.(verb)
An example of encounter is to come upon a deer in the woods.
The definition of an encounter is a meeting, often an unexpected one.(noun)
An example of encounter is having an experience with spirits.
See encounter in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME encontren < OFr encontrer < encontre, against < VL *incontra < L in, in + contra, against
See encounter in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English encountre
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from encontrer, to meet
Origin: , from Late Latin incontrāre
Origin: : Latin in-, in; see en-1
Origin: + Latin contrā, against; see kom in Indo-European roots.
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