mete

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English meten, from Old English metan (to measure, mete out, mark off, compare, estimate; pass over, traverse), from Proto-Germanic *metaną (to measure), from Proto-Indo-European *med- (to measure, consider). Cognate with Scots mete (to measure), West Frisian mjitte (to measure), Dutch meten (to measure), German messen (to measure), Swedish mäta (to measure), Latin modus (limit, measure, target), Ancient Greek μεδίμνος (medímnos, measure, bushel), Ancient Greek μέδεσθαι (médesthai, care for), Old Armenian միտ (mit, mind).

Verb[edit]

mete (third-person singular simple present metes, present participle meting, simple past and past participle meted)

  1. (transitive, archaic, poetic, dialectal) To measure.
    • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Matthew 7:2
      For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
    • 1870s Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Soothsay, lines 80-83
      the Power that fashions man
      Measured not out thy little span
      For thee to take the meting-rod
      In turn,
  2. (transitive, usually with “out”) To dispense, measure (out), allot (especially punishment, reward etc.).
    • 1833Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses
      Match'd with an agèd wife, I mete and dole
      Unequal laws unto a savage race
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French mete (boundary, boundary marker), from Latin mēta (post, goal, marker), from Proto-Indo-European *meit- (stake, post). Cognate with Old English wullmod ("distaff").

Noun[edit]

mete (plural metes)

  1. A boundary or other limit; a boundary-marker; mere.

Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

mete

  1. singular present subjunctive of meten

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Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French mettre (put, put on)

Verb[edit]

mete

  1. put
  2. put on

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mete f

  1. plural form of meta

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

mete

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of metō

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English mete (food). More at meat.

Noun[edit]

mete

  1. food; meat.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French mete (boundary, mere). More at mete.

Noun[edit]

mete

  1. boundary, target, point, position.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English ġemǣte (suitable, meet). More at meet.

Adjective[edit]

mēte

  1. suitable, fitting, appropriate.
  2. pleasing, accommodating, useful.
  3. right in shape or size, well-fitting.

Adverb[edit]

mēte

  1. appropriately
  2. copiously

References[edit]

  • The Middle English Dictionary (M.E.D.)[1]
  • Riverside Chaucer[2]

Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *matiz.

Noun[edit]

mete m

  1. food

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Portuguese[edit]

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mete

  1. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present indicative of meter
  2. Second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of meter

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

mete

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of meter.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of meter.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of meter.