Definition of Encounter

1. Noun. A minor short-term fight.

Exact synonyms: Brush, Clash, Skirmish
Specialized synonyms: Contretemps
Generic synonyms: Combat, Fight, Fighting, Scrap
Derivative terms: Skirmish

2. Verb. Come together. "How nice to see you again!"
Exact synonyms: Come Across, Meet, Run Across, Run Into, See
Specialized synonyms: Cross, Intersect
Related verbs: Assemble, Foregather, Forgather, Gather, Meet
Derivative terms: Meeting, Meeting

3. Noun. A casual or unexpected convergence. "There was a brief encounter in the hallway"
Exact synonyms: Meeting
Generic synonyms: Convergence
Specialized synonyms: Alignment, Conjunction
Derivative terms: Meet

4. Verb. Come upon, as if by accident; meet with. "They encounter the money in the closet"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
Exact synonyms: Bump, Chance, Find, Happen
Derivative terms: Find, Finder

5. Noun. A casual meeting with a person or thing.
Exact synonyms: Coming Upon
Generic synonyms: Connection, Connexion, Joining

6. Verb. Be beset by. "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
Exact synonyms: Run Into
Generic synonyms: Be

7. Noun. A hostile disagreement face-to-face.
Exact synonyms: Confrontation, Face-off, Showdown
Generic synonyms: Disagreement
Derivative terms: Confront, Confrontational

8. Verb. Experience as a reaction. "My proposal met with much opposition"
Exact synonyms: Meet, Receive
Generic synonyms: Experience, Have
Derivative terms: Receptive, Receptive

9. Verb. Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle. "Sam cannot encounter Sue "; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
Exact synonyms: Meet, Play, Take On
Entails: Compete, Contend, Vie
Related verbs: Play, Play, Play, Play
Specialized synonyms: Confront, Face, Replay
Derivative terms: Meet, Play, Playing

Definition of Encounter

1. v. t. 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. v. i. 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. n. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.

Definition of Encounter

1. Verb. (transitive) To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To confront (someone or something), notably face to face. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To engage in conflict, as with an enemy. ¹

4. Noun. An unplanned or unexpected meeting. ¹

5. Noun. A hostile meeting; a confrontation or skirmish. ¹

6. Noun. A sudden, often violent clash, as between combattants ¹

7. Noun. (sports) A match between two opposing sides ¹

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Definition of Encounter

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Encounter

1. 1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview. "To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd." (Pope) 2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter. "As one for . . . Fierce encounters fit". (Spenser) "To join their dark encounter in mid-air". (Milton). Synonym: Contest, conflict, fight, combat, assault, rencounter, attack, engagement, onset. See Contest. Origin: OF. Encontre, fr. Encontrer. See Encounter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Encounter

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Literary usage of Encounter

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1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"It appears from the investigation that if ф be any property of a body, such that if ф( and ф., arc its values or two bodies before an encounter, and "fj and ..."

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