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1 a minor short-term fight [syn: brush, clash, skirmish]
2 a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway" [syn: meeting]
3 a casual meeting with a person of thing [syn: coming upon]
4 a hostile disagreement face-to-face [syn: confrontation, showdown, face-off]


1 come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!" [syn: meet, ran into, 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" [syn: find, happen, chance, bump]
3 be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties" [syn: run into]
4 experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition" [syn: meet, receive]
5 contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary" [syn: meet, play, take on]

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Derived terms


unplanned meeting
hostile meeting
  • Finnish: yhteenotto
  • Hungarian: összecsapás
  • Russian: столкновение, стычка; схватка, бой


  1. To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly.
  2. To confront (someone or something).
  3. To meet unexpectedly.


meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly
confront (someone or something)
meet unexpectedly

Extensive Definition

Encounter may mean:

See also

encounter in German: Encounter
encounter in French: Encounter
encounter in Japanese: エンカウンター

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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