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MEET, adjective [Latin convenio.] Fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose.

Ye shall pass over armed before your brethren, the children of Israel, all that are meet for the war. Deuteronomy 3:18.

It was meet that we should make merry--Luke 15:32.

Bring forth fruits meet for repentance. Matthew 3:8.

MEET, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive met. [Gr. with.]

1. To come together, approaching in opposite or different directions; to come face to face; as, to meet a man in the road.

His daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances. Judges 11:31.

2. To come together in any place; as, we met many strangers at the levee.

3. To come together in hostility; to encounter. The armies met on the plains of Pharsalia.

4. To encounter unexpectedly.

5. To come together in extension; to come in contact; to join. The line A meets the line B and forms an angle.

6. To come to; to find; to light on; to receive. The good man meets his reward; the criminal in due time meets the punishment he deserves.

Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst,

Which meets contempt, or which compassion first.

MEET, verb intransitive To come together or to approach near, or into company with. How pleasant it is for friends to meet on the road; still more pleasant to meet in a foreign country.

1. To come together in hostility; to encounter. The armies met at Waterloo, and decided the fate of Buonaparte.

2. To assemble; to congregate. The council met at 10 o'clock. The legislature will meet on the first Wednesday in the month.

3. To come together by being extended; to come in contact; to join. Two converging lines will meet in a point.

To meet with; to light on; to find; to come to; often with the sense of an unexpected event.

We met with many things worthy of observation.

1. To join; to unite in company.

Falstaff at that oak shall meet with us.

2. To suffer unexpectedly; as, to meet with a fall; to meet with a loss.

3. To encounter; to engage in opposition.

Royal mistress,

Prepare to meet with more than brutal fury

From the fierce prince.

4. To obviate; a Latinism.

To meet half way, to approach from an equal distance and meet; metaphorically, to make mutual and equal concessions, each party renouncing some pretensions.