Encounter meaning

ĕn-kountər
Encounter is defined as to meet, especially unexpectedly.

An example of encounter is to come upon a deer in the woods.

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To confront in battle or competition.

Encountered last year's champion.

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To meet unexpectedly; come upon.
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To meet, especially unexpectedly.
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To experience or undergo.

We have encountered numerous obstacles.

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To meet in conflict or battle.
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To meet with; face (difficulties, trouble, etc.)
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A meeting with another, esp. when unexpected or by chance.
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The definition of an encounter is a meeting, often an unexpected one.

An example of encounter is having an experience with spirits.

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To meet accidentally or in opposition.
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To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly.
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A direct meeting, as in conflict or battle.
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Designating or of a small group that meets for a kind of therapy in personal interrelationship, involving a release of inhibitions, an open exchange of intimate feelings, etc.
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To confront (someone or something) face to face.
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(intransitive) To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.

Three armies encountered at Waterloo.

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Their encounter was a matter of chance.

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A hostile meeting; a confrontation or skirmish.
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A sudden, often violent clash, as between combatants.
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(sports) A match between two opposing sides.
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A hostile or adversarial confrontation.

A tense naval encounter.

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To meet, especially unexpectedly; come upon.

Encountered an old friend on the street.

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A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief.

A chance encounter in the park.

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Origin of encounter

  • Middle English encountre from Old French from encontrer to meet from Late Latin incontrāre Latin in- in en–1 Latin contrā against kom in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • [circa 1297] From Anglo-Norman encountrer, Old French encontrer (“to confront”), from encontre (“against, counter to”), from Late Latin incontra (“in front of”) itself from Latin in- (“in”) + contra (“against”).

    From Wiktionary