Definitions for greet
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word greet.
greet, recognize, recogniseverb
express greetings upon meeting someone
send greetings to
react to in a certain way
"The President was greeted with catcalls"
be perceived by
"Loud music greeted him when he entered the apartment"
Mourning, weeping, lamentation.
To weep; to cry.
Etymology: gretan, from grōtijanan. Cognate with Dutch groeten, German grüßen. Compare Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Old High German gruozen. Cognate to Albanian grish.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: grator, Latin; gretan, Saxon.
I think if men, which in these places live,
Durst look in themselves, and themselves retrieve,
They would like strangers greet themselves. John Donne.
I would gladly go,
To greet my Pallas with such news below. John Dryden, Æn.
My noble partner
You greet with present grace, and great prediction;
To me you speak not. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Now, Thomas Mowbray, do I turn to thee,
And mark my greeting well; for what I speak,
My body shall make good. William Shakespeare, Richard II.
My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.
—— God bless your grace with health and happy days. William Shakespeare.
Now the herald lark
Left his ground nest, high tow’ring to descry
The morn’s approach, and greet her with his song. John Milton.
Once had the early matrons run
To greet her of a lovely son. John Milton.
The sea’s our own; and now all nations greet,
With bending sails, each vessel of our fleet. Edmund Waller.
Thus pale they meet, their eyes with fury burn:
None greets; for none the greeting will return;
But in dumb surliness, each arm’d with care,
His foe profest, as brother of the war. John Dryden, Fables.
His lady, seeing all that channel from far,
Approacht in haste to greet his victorie. Fairy Queen, b. i.
The king’s a-bed,
And sent great largess to your officers;
This diamond he greets your wife withal,
By the name of most kind hostess. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Is now urg’d on you.
———— We will greet the time. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Such was that face on which I dwelt with joy,
Ere Greece assembled stem’d the tides to Troy;
But parting then for that detested shore,
Our eyes, unhappy! never greeted more. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.
To meet and salute.
There greet in silence, as the dead are wont,
And sleep in peace. William Shakespeare.
To greet means to acknowledge or address someone with an expression, gesture, or words of welcome, solidarity, or recognition whenever an encounter occurs. It is often considered a polite or friendly way of showing respect, interest, or initiating communication during social interactions.
to weep; to cry; to lament
to address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes; to salute; to hail; to welcome; to accost with friendship; to pay respects or compliments to, either personally or through the intervention of another, or by writing or token
to come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad
to accost; to address
to meet and give salutations
Etymology: [OE. greten, AS. grtan, grtan; akin to Icel. grta, Sw. grta, Dan. grde, Goth. grctan; cf. Skr. hrd to sound, roar. 50.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
grēt, v.t. to salute or address with kind wishes: to send kind wishes to: to congratulate.—v.i. to meet and salute:—pr.p. greet′ing; pa.p. greet′ed.—n. Greet′ing, expression of kindness or joy: salutation. [A.S. grétan, to go to meet; Dut. groeten, Ger. grüssen, to salute.]
grēt, v.i. (Spens.) to cry, weep.—adj. Greet′ing, mournful.—n. weeping. [A.S. grǽtan; Goth. gretan.]
To receive with respect and friendship
They always greet each other and we can see the respect and friendship.
Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Greet is ranked #118185 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Greet surname appeared 147 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Greet.
91.1% or 134 total occurrences were White.
5.4% or 8 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'greet' in Verbs Frequency: #682
The numerical value of greet in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of greet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
We have scarcely gotten home ... when our children's sneezes greet us, skinned knees bleed after waiting all day to do so. There is the bellyache and the burned-out basement bulb, the stalled car and the incontinent cat. The windows frost, the toilets sweat, the body of our spouse is one cold shoulder and the darkness of our bedroom is soon full of the fallen shadows of our failures.
Comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all.
She was tearing up and she asked for tissues before she went in [to greet her husband] and she needed them.
The athletes are probably feeling homesick, stressed, regardless of whether you won or lost, what language you speak or what country you are from, the dogs will love you and greet you the same way.
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
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- استقبل, حيىArabic
- saludarCatalan, Valencian
- begrüßen, grüßenGerman
- saluer, recevoirFrench
- fogad, üdvözöl, köszöntHungarian
- 挨拶, 歓迎, 出迎えるJapanese
- gréissenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- hilse påNorwegian
- приветствовать, встретить, встречать, здороватьсяRussian
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