noun a minor short-term fight
skirmish; brush; clash.
noun a casual or unexpected convergence
- he still remembers their meeting in Paris
- there was a brief encounter in the hallway
noun a casual meeting with a person or thing
noun a hostile disagreement face-to-face
showdown; face-off; confrontation.
verb come together
see; come across; run into; meet; run across.
- I'll probably see you at the meeting
- How nice to see you again!
verb come upon, as if by accident; meet with
chance; bump; happen; find.
- 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
verb be beset by
- The project ran into numerous financial difficulties
verb experience as a reaction
- My proposal met with much opposition
verb contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
take on; meet; play.
- Princeton plays Yale this weekend
- Charlie likes to play Mary
En*coun"ter transitive verb
; pref. en-
) + contre
against, L. contra
. See Counter
imperfect & past participle Encountered ; present participle & verbal noun Encountering
- 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 truth.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him.
Acts xvii. 18.
I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you.
En*coun"ter intransitive verb
- 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.
Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with particulars.
, fr. encontrer
. See Encounter
, v. t.
- A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd.
- A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.
As one for . . . fierce encounters fit.
To join their dark encounter in mid-air.
Syn. -- Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter; attack; engagement; onset. See Contest.
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