- to meet in or as in battle
- to meet casually
Origin of rencounterFrench rencontrer: see re- and encounter
- a hostile meeting; conflict or contest, as a battle or debate
- a casual meeting, as with a friend
- An unplanned meeting.
- A hostile encounter or contest.
tr. & intr.v.ren·coun·tered, ren·coun·ter·ing, ren·coun·ters
Origin of rencounterFrench rencontre from Old French from rencontrer to meet re- re- encontrer to meet ; see encounter .
(third-person singular simple present rencounters, present participle rencountering, simple past and past participle rencountered)
From Old (modern) French rencontrer (verb), rencontre (noun), corresponding to re- + Old French encontrer "˜encounter'.