Associations to the word «Encounter»


ENCOUNTER, verb. (transitive) To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly.
ENCOUNTER, verb. (transitive) To confront (someone or something) face to face.
ENCOUNTER, verb. (ambitransitive) To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.
ENCOUNTER, noun. An unplanned or unexpected meeting.
ENCOUNTER, noun. A hostile meeting; a confrontation or skirmish.
ENCOUNTER, noun. A sudden, often violent clash, as between combatants.
ENCOUNTER, noun. (sports) A match between two opposing sides.
ENCOUNTER GROUP, noun. (dated) (psychotherapy) An gathering of people who intentionally meet and interact so that each member may improve his or her ability both to express feelings and to react with appropriate sensitivity to the feelings of others.

Dictionary definition

ENCOUNTER, noun. A minor short-term fight.
ENCOUNTER, noun. A casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway".
ENCOUNTER, noun. A casual meeting with a person or thing.
ENCOUNTER, noun. A hostile disagreement face-to-face.
ENCOUNTER, verb. Come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!".
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".
ENCOUNTER, verb. Be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties".
ENCOUNTER, verb. Experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition".
ENCOUNTER, verb. Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary".

Wise words

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