Definitions for Encounterɛnˈkaʊn tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•coun•terɛnˈkaʊn tər(v.t.)

  1. to come upon or meet with, esp. unexpectedly.

  2. to meet with or contend against (difficulties, opposition, etc.).

  3. to meet (a person, military force, etc.) in conflict.

  4. (v.i.)to meet, esp. unexpectedly or in conflict.

  5. (n.)a meeting with a person or thing, esp. a casual, unexpected, or brief meeting.

  6. a meeting of people or groups that are in conflict; combat; battle.

Origin of encounter:

1250–1300; ME < AF enco(u)ntrer; OF < VL *incontrāre=in-in -1+-contrāre, der. of contrā against; see counter3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brush, clash, encounter, skirmish(noun)

    a minor short-term fight

  2. meeting, encounter(noun)

    a casual or unexpected convergence

    "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway"

  3. encounter, coming upon(noun)

    a casual meeting with a person or thing

  4. confrontation, encounter, showdown, face-off(verb)

    a hostile disagreement face-to-face

  5. meet, run into, encounter, run across, come across, see(verb)

    come together

    "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"

  6. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter(verb)

    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"

  7. run into, encounter(verb)

    be beset by

    "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"

  8. meet, encounter, receive(verb)

    experience as a reaction

    "My proposal met with much opposition"

  9. meet, encounter, play, take on(verb)

    contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

    "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. encounter(verb)ɛnˈkaʊn tər

    to experience or come into contact with

    battlefield doctors who encounter horrific injuries

  2. encounterɛnˈkaʊn tər

    to meet

    They first encountered each other in 1999.

  3. encounter(noun)ɛnˈkaʊn tər

    a meeting

    a chance/brief encounter

Wiktionary

  1. encounter(Noun)

    An unplanned or unexpected meeting.

    Their encounter was a matter of chance

  2. encounter(Noun)

    A hostile meeting; a confrontation or skirmish.

  3. encounter(Noun)

    A sudden, often violent clash, as between combattants

  4. encounter(Noun)

    A match between two opposing sides

  5. encounter(Verb)

    To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly.

  6. encounter(Verb)

    To confront (someone or something), notably face to face.

  7. encounter(Verb)

    To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.

  8. Origin: Recorded since 1297, encountrer, encontrer, from encontre, from incontra itself from in- + contra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Encounter(adverb)

    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

  2. Encounter(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

  3. Encounter(verb)

    a meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview

  4. Encounter(verb)

    a meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter

Freebase

  1. Encounter

    Encounter was a literary magazine, founded in 1953 by poet Stephen Spender and early neoconservative author Irving Kristol. The magazine ceased publication in 1991. Published in the United Kingdom, it was a largely Anglo-American intellectual and cultural journal. The magazine received covert funding from the Central Intelligence Agency, after the CIA and MI6 discussed the founding of an "Anglo-American left-of-centre publication" intended to counter the idea of cold war neutralism. The magazine was rarely critical of American foreign policy, but beyond this editors had considerable publishing freedom. Spender served as literary editor until 1967, when he resigned due to the revelation that year of the covert Central Intelligence Agency funding of the magazine, of which he had heard rumors, but had not been able to confirm. Thomas W. Braden, who headed the CIA's International Organizations Division's operations between 1951 to 1954, said that the money for the magazine "came from CIA, and few outside the CIA knew about it. We had placed one agent in a Europe-based organization of intellectuals called the Congress for Cultural Freedom." Frank Kermode replaced him but he too resigned when it became clear the CIA were involved. Roy Jenkins noted that earlier contributors were aware of U.S. funding, but believed it came from philanthropists including a Cincinnati gin distiller.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Encounter' in Nouns Frequency: #2317

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Encounter' in Verbs Frequency: #596


Translations for Encounter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

encounter(noun)

a meeting

I feel that I know him quite well, even after a brief encounter.

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