Greet definition

grēt
To receive with a specified reaction.

Greet a joke with laughter.

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To be perceived by.

A din greeted our ears.

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To speak or write to with expressions of friendliness, respect, pleasure, etc., as in meeting or by letter; hail; welcome.
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(scot.) To weep; lament.
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(intransitive) To meet and give salutations.
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Greet is defined as to meet or acknowledge, or to welcome and show friendliness.

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.

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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.
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To come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad.
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To accost; to address.

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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.

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To come or appear to; meet.

A roaring sound greeted his ears.

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To be perceived by (somebody).

A brilliant dawn greeted her as she looked out the window.

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(obsolete except Scotland) Great.
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(Scotland, Northern England) To weep; to cry.
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To salute or welcome in a friendly and respectful way with speech or writing, as upon meeting or in opening a letter.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of greet - greit

Origin of greet

  • Middle English greten from Old English grētan

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

  • Old English grētan, from Proto-Germanic *grōtijaną. Cognate with Dutch groeten, German grüßen. Compare Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Old High German gruozen.

    From Wiktionary

  • From a blend of two Old English verbs, grētan (cognate with Swedish gräta', Danish græde) and grēotan (of uncertain ultimate origin), both ‘weep, lament’.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English greet, grete (“great”).

    From Wiktionary