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noun (n)

  • a minor short-term fight (noun.act)
    Synonym: brush, clash, skirmish
    source: wordnet30
  • a casual or unexpected convergence (noun.event)
    Synonym: meeting
    There was a brief encounter in the hallway.
    source: wordnet30
  • a casual meeting with a person or thing (noun.act)
    Synonym: coming upon
    source: wordnet30
  • a hostile disagreement face-to-face (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • come together (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • come upon, as if by accident; meet with (verb.possession)
    Synonym: bump, chance, find, happen
    source: wordnet30
  • be beset by (verb.stative)
    Synonym: run into
    source: wordnet30
  • experience as a reaction (verb.stative)
    Synonym: meet, receive
    source: wordnet30
  • contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle (verb.competition)
    Synonym: meet, play, take on
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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