From Middle English encountren, from rom Anglo-Norman encountrer, Old French encontrer (“to confront”), from encontre (“against, counter to”), from Late Latin incontrā (“in front of”) itself from Latin in (“in”) + contrā (“against”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkaʊntɚ/, /ɪŋˈkaʊntɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈkaʊntə/, /ɪŋˈkaʊntə/
- Hyphenation: en‧coun‧ter
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- Rhymes: -aʊntə(ɹ)
- (transitive) To meet (someone) or find (something), especially unexpectedly.
- 2021 February 24, Greg Morse, “Great Heck: a tragic chain of events”, in RAIL, number 925, page 39:
- It ran derailed for about 500 yards before encountering a set of points, which caused it to veer into the path of an Immingham-Ferrybridge coal train, powered by Freightliner 66521 (one of a class of locomotive well-known for being well-built enough to destroy anything that got in its way).
- (transitive) To confront (someone or something) face to face.
- (transitive, intransitive) To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.
- Three armies encountered at Waterloo.
- c. 1588–1593, William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii]:
- I will encounter with Andronicus.
(meet unexpectedly): cross paths
encounter (plural encounters)
- A meeting, especially one that is unplanned or unexpected.
- Their encounter was a matter of chance.
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- That was Selwyn's first encounter with the Ruthvens. A short time afterward at the opera Gerald dragged him into a parterre to say something amiable to one of the amiable débutante Craig girls—and Selwyn found himself again facing Alixe.
- 1995, Maija Kalin, Coping with problems of understanding: repair sequences in coversations between native and non-native speakers:
- As they have planned the encounters, they mostly have control over the time limits.
- A hostile, often violent meeting; a confrontation, skirmish, or clash, as between combatants.
- (sports) A match between two opposing sides.
- 2011 October 29, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal”, in BBC Sport:
- Andre Santos equalised and the outstanding Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead for the first time before Juan Mata's spectacular strike set up the finale for an enthralling encounter.
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