(third-person singular simple present metes, present participle meting, simple past and past participle meted)
- (archaic, poetic, dialectal) To measure.
- (usually with “out”) To dispense, measure (out), allot (especially punishment, reward etc.).
From Middle English meten, from Old English metan (“to measure, mete out, mark off, compare, estimate; pass over, traverse”), from Proto-Germanic *metaną (“to measure”), from Proto-Indo-European *med- (“to measure, consider”). Cognate with Scots mete (“to measure”), West Frisian mjitte (“to measure”), Dutch meten (“to measure”), German messen (“to measure”), Swedish mäta (“to measure”), Latin modus (“limit, measure, target”), Ancient Greek μεδίμνος (medímnos, “measure, bushel”), Ancient Greek μέδεσθαι (médesthai, “care for”), Old Armenian միտ (mit, “mind”).
From Middle English, from Old French mete (“boundary, boundary marker”), from Latin mēta (“post, goal, marker”), from Proto-Indo-European *meit- (“stake, post”). Cognate with Old English wullmod ("distaff").