- The definition of a mete is a limit or boundary.
An example of a mete is a city boundary.
- Mete is defined as to hand out or measure.
An example of mete is to distribute a stack of handouts, one sheet to each student.
transitive verbmet′ed, met′ing
- to allot; distribute; apportion: usually with out
- Archaic to measure
Origin of meteMiddle English meten from Old English metan, akin to German messen from Indo-European an unverified form med- (from source Classical Latin modus, Classical Greek metron) from base an unverified form me-, to mark off, measure
- a boundary; limit
- a boundary mark or line
Origin of meteOld French from Classical Latin meta, boundary, goal from Indo-European an unverified form meit- (var. of an unverified form mei-), post, stake from source Old Norse meithr, a tree, Middle Irish methos, boundary mark
transitive verbmet·ed, met·ing, metes
- To distribute or allot. Often used with out : mete out justice.
- Archaic To measure.
Origin of meteMiddle English meten from Old English metan ; see med- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of meteMiddle English from Anglo-Norman from Latin mēta turning post, boundary
(third-person singular simple present metes, present participle meting, simple past and past participle meted)
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”).