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) unexpectedly.
- (transitive) To confront (someone or something) face to face.
- (transitive, intransitive) To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.
- Three armies encountered at Waterloo.
- I will encounter with Andronicus.
encounter (plural encounters)
- An unplanned or unexpected meeting.
Their encounter was a matter of chance.
1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), 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.
- A hostile meeting; a confrontation or skirmish.
- A sudden, often violent 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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