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Meaning & Definition of Encounter in English

English

Encounter

/ɪnkaʊntər/

noun

1. A minor short-term fight

    synonym:
  • brush
  • ,
  • clash
  • ,
  • encounter
  • ,
  • skirmish

2. A casual or unexpected convergence

  • "He still remembers their meeting in paris"
  • "There was a brief encounter in the hallway"
    synonym:
  • meeting
  • ,
  • encounter

3. A casual meeting with a person or thing

    synonym:
  • encounter
  • ,
  • coming upon

4. A hostile disagreement face-to-face

    synonym:
  • confrontation
  • ,
  • encounter
  • ,
  • showdown
  • ,
  • face-off

verb

1. Come together

  • "I'll probably see you at the meeting"
  • "How nice to see you again!"
    synonym:
  • meet
  • ,
  • run into
  • ,
  • encounter
  • ,
  • run across
  • ,
  • come across
  • ,
  • see

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • find
  • ,
  • happen
  • ,
  • chance
  • ,
  • bump
  • ,
  • encounter

3. Be beset by

  • "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
    synonym:
  • run into
  • ,
  • encounter

4. Experience as a reaction

  • "My proposal met with much opposition"
    synonym:
  • meet
  • ,
  • encounter
  • ,
  • receive

5. Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

  • "Princeton plays yale this weekend"
  • "Charlie likes to play mary"
    synonym:
  • meet
  • ,
  • encounter
  • ,
  • play
  • ,
  • take on

Examples of using

Insurance makes us remember that the world we live in isn't completely safe; we might fall ill, face danger or encounter the unexpected.
His encounter with her is enriching his inner life.
Tomorrow we will encounter the enemy.