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Meaning of ENCOUNTER

Pronunciation:  en'kawntur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a casual meeting with a person of thing
  2. [n]  a minor short-term fight
  3. [n]  a hostile disagreement face-to-face
  4. [n]  a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway"
  5. [v]  contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
  6. [v]  come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"
  7. [v]  come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
  8. [v]  be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
  9. [v]  experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"

ENCOUNTER is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: brush, bump, chance, clash, come across, coming upon, confrontation, find, happen, meet, meet, meet, meeting, play, ran into, receive, run across, run into, see, showdown, skirmish, take on
 See Also: alignment, be, combat, compete, confront, conjunction, connection, connexion, contend, contretemps, convergence, cross, disagreement, experience, face, fight, fighting, have, intersect, joining, replay, vie



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \En*coun"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encountered}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Encountering}.] [OF. encontrer; pref. en- (L.
    in) + contre against, L. contra. See {Counter}, adv.]
    To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by
    chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in
    opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict
    with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend
    in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter
    obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a
          Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the
          Stoics, encountered him.                 --Acts xvii.
          I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you.
  2. \En*coun"ter\, v. i.
    To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as
    enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies
    encountered at Waterloo.
          I will encounter with Andronicus.        --Shak.
          Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation
          of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with
          particulars.                             --Tatham.
  3. \En*coun"ter\, n. [OF. encontre, fr. encontrer. See
    {Encounter}, v. t.]
    1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or
       incidental meeting; an interview.
             To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd. --Pope.
    2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a
       battle; as, a bloody encounter.
             As one for . . . fierce encounters fit. --Spenser.
             To join their dark encounter in mid-air. --Milton
    Syn: Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter;
         attack; engagement; onset. See {Contest}.
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