What does encounter mean?

Definitions for encounter
ɛnˈkaʊn təren·counter

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [OF. encontrer; pref. en- (L. in) + contre against, L. contra. See Counter, adv.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Encounter

    en-kown′ter, v.t. to meet face to face, esp. unexpectedly: to meet in contest: to oppose.—n. a meeting unexpectedly: an interview: a fight: (Shak.) behaviour. [O. Fr. encontrer—L. in, in, contra, against.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. encounter

    The hostile meeting of two ships or squadrons; also, a conflict between troops.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. encounter

    A meeting with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle.

  2. encounter

    To come against face to face; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; as, two armies encounter each other.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of encounter in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of encounter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of encounter in a Sentence

  1. Lance Cherry:

    It was absolutely a chance encounter.

  2. Proverb:

    All authors should prepare to encounter criticism.

  3. Maya Angelou:

    You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated.

  4. Jeff Kingston:

    People encounter discrimination and prejudice (in Japan).

  5. Maya Angelou:

    We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

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  • لاقى, صادفArabic
  • сустрэчаBelarusian
  • случайна среща, среща, [[срещам]] [[случайно]], схватка, сблъсквам се, стълкновение, излизам насреща наBulgarian
  • objevit, narazit, setkání, potkatCzech
  • Begegnung, treffen, begegnenGerman
  • συνάντησηGreek
  • renkontoEsperanto
  • encuentroSpanish
  • برخوردPersian
  • kohdata, yhteenotto, kohtaaminen, ottaa yhteenFinnish
  • rencontre, rencontrerFrench
  • coinneachadhScottish Gaelic
  • belebotlik, összecsapás, összetalálkozik, találkozás, összetűzésbe keveredikHungarian
  • pertemuanIndonesian
  • 出会う, 遭う, 出会い, 遭遇Japanese
  • nanciscorLatin
  • средбаMacedonian
  • confrontatie, ontmoeten, treffen, confronteren, botsingDutch
  • spotkaniePolish
  • confronto, confrontar, [[deparar-se]] [[com]], encontrar, [[encontro]] [[inesperado]]Portuguese
  • întâlniRomanian
  • [[случайный, наталкиваться, [[иметь]] [[столкновение]], встреча, встретить, схватка, столкновение, сталкиваться, стычка, встретиться, столкнуться, бойRussian
  • сусрет, susretSerbo-Croatian
  • stretnutieSlovak
  • srečanjeSlovene
  • stöta på, möta, anträffaSwedish
  • พบThai
  • зустрічUkrainian

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