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- (transitive) To welcome in a friendly manner, either in person or through another means such as writing.
- c. 1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene i]:
- My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you.
- 1900, Charles W[addell] Chesnutt, chapter I, in The House Behind the Cedars, Boston, Mass., New York, N.Y.: Houghton, Mifflin and Company […], →OCLC:
- Warwick observed, as they passed through the respectable quarter, that few people who met the girl greeted her, and that some others whom she passed at gates or doorways gave her no sign of recognition; from which he inferred that she was possibly a visitor in the town and not well acquainted.
- (transitive) To arrive at or reach, or meet.
- 2009, Loren Long, Phil Bildner, Magic in the Outfield, page 47:
- Way deep in left field, where the carpet of green sloped upward to a terrace and greeted the thick line of trees, he reached out his glove.
- (transitive) To accost; to address.
- (intransitive, archaic) To meet and give salutations.
- c. 1588–1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii], line 90:
- There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, And sleep in peace.
- (transitive) To be perceived by (someone).
- A brilliant dawn greeted her eyes as she looked out of the window.
- 1964 June 16, “All Eyes On Lema At U.S. Open This Week”, in The Indianapolis Star, volume 62, number 11, Indianapolis, Ind., page 22:
- Muggy heat—temperature in the 90s and high humidity—greeted early arrivals for the 72-hole, three-day test, rated the hardest and most important in the sport.
- 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
- From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
Conjugation of greet
to address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes
to come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad
to accost; to address
intransitive: to meet and give salutations
- (Scotland, Northern England) To weep; to cry.
- 1933, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Cloud Howe (A Scots Quair), Polygon, published 2006, page 312:
- And damn't! if he didn't take down her bit things and scone her so sore she grat like a bairn [...].
- 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin, published 2009, page 2:
- My maw went potty and started greeting.
- Frank Graham (1987) The New Geordie Dictionary, →ISBN
- Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
- “greet”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- Alternative form of
- c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.), published c. 1410, James 3:5, page 110vre, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
- ſo alſo þe tunge is but a litle membꝛe ⁊ reiſiþ grete þingis / lo hou litil fier bꝛenneþ a grete wode.
- Similarly, the tongue's only a little organ, but it produces great things; look at how a small fire burns down a large forest.
- to weep, lament
- 2008, Gordon Jarvie, Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales from Burns to Buchan, Penguin UK, →ISBN:
- Then Sandy jumpit oot the boat, an he ran an ran greetin an sobbin an sobbin an greetin. An when he ran up tae the fairm, this ceilidh's still gaun on, see? an the pot o sowens is still on the fire! An he cam in howlin an greetin an sobbin, an the laird says tae him, ‘Whit's adae wi ye, Sandy?'
- Then Sandy jumped out of the boat, and he ran and ran weeping and sobbing and sobbing and weeping. And when he ran up to the farm, this ceilidh's still going on, see? And the pot of flummery is still on the fire! And he came in howling and weeping and sobbing, and the lord of the manor says to him, 'What's the matter with you, Sandy?'
- 2013, Donal McLaughlin, transl., Naw Much of a Talker, Freight Books, translation of Der Goalie bin ig by Pedro Lenz, page 5:
- Thinking o Regula hid me greetin aw ae a sudden.
- Thinking of Regula had me weeping all of a sudden.
- Alternative form of