Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a casual meeting with a person or thing
  2. (noun, act) a minor short-term fight
  3. (noun, communication) a hostile disagreement face-to-face
  4. (noun, event) a casual or unexpected convergence
    there was a brief encounter in the hallway
  5. (verb, competition) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
    Charlie likes to play Mary
  6. (verb, motion) come together
    How nice to see you again!
  7. (verb, possession) come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
    She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day
  8. (verb, stative) be beset by
  9. (verb, stative) experience as a reaction

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Encounter

  1. c.1300, "meeting of adversaries," from O.Fr. encountrer "confront," from encontre (prep. and adv.) "against, counter to," from L.L. incontra "in front of," from L. in- "in" + contra "against." Weakened sense of "casually meet" first recorded in English early 16c. Related: Encountered; encountering. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Encounter

enchanter, engender

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