This woman greets you with a smile and a handshake.
- An example of greet is to acknowledge something; to greet the day with a smile.
- An example of greet is to stand at a catering hall door and say hello to guests as they arrive.
- to speak or write to with expressions of friendliness, respect, pleasure, etc., as in meeting or by letter; hail; welcome
- to meet, receive, address, or acknowledge (a person, utterance, or event) in a specified way: the speech was greeted with cheers; the army was greeted by cannon shots
- to come or appear to; meet: a roaring sound greeted his ears
Origin of greetMiddle English greten from Old English gretan, grætan, akin to Dutch groetan, German grüssen from Indo-European an unverified form ghredh- from base an unverified form gher-, echoic of outcry from source Classical Latin hirrire, to whimper, growl
Origin of greetMiddle English greten from Old English grætan, akin to Gothic gretan and to greet
transitive verbgreet·ed, greet·ing, greets
- To salute or welcome in a friendly and respectful way with speech or writing, as upon meeting or in starting a letter.
- To receive with a specified reaction: greet a joke with laughter.
- To be perceived by: A din greeted our ears.
Origin of greetMiddle English greten from Old English grētan
(third-person singular simple present greets, present participle greeting, simple past and past participle greeted)
- To address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes; to salute; to hail; to welcome; to accost with friendship; to pay respects or compliments to, either personally or through the intervention of another, or by writing or token.
- To come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad.
- To accost; to address.
- (intransitive) To meet and give salutations.
- To be perceived by (somebody).
- A brilliant dawn greeted her as she looked out the window.
(comparative more greet, superlative most greet)
- (obsolete except Scotland) Great.
From Middle English greet, grete (“great”).
(third-person singular simple present greets, present participle greeting, simple past and past participle greeted or grat)
From a blend of two Old English verbs, grētan (cognate with Swedish gräta', Danish græde) and grēotan (of uncertain ultimate origin), both ‘weep, lament’.