mete

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See also: Mete, meté, mete-, and mɛtɛ

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /miːt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːt
  • Homophones: meat, meet

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), Saterland Frisian meete (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.).
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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.

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Czech[edit]

Verb[edit]

mete

  1. Third-person singular present indicative form of mést

Dutch[edit]

Verb[edit]

mete

  1. (archaic) 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 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) (also met, mett, whence the forms with a short vowel), from Proto-Germanic *matiz. More at meat.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛːt(ə)/, /mɛt/

Noun[edit]

mete (plural metes or meten)

  1. Food, nourishment or comestibles; that which is eaten:
    1. A store, reserve, or supply of food or nourishment.
    2. An individual portion of food, especially when cooked.
    3. Meat; (an item of) food made from the (usually cooked) flesh of animals.
    4. The food that animals eat (including prey or lures)
  2. The act of dining; a lunch.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

mete

  1. boundary, target, point, position.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English ġemǣte (suitable, meet), from Proto-Germanic *mētijaz, a variant of *mētiz. More at meet.

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Adjective[edit]

mete

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

mete

  1. appropriately
  2. copiously

References[edit]

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

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *matiz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mete m

  1. food

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Old Frisian[edit]

Noun[edit]

mete

  1. food, especially sustenance (as opposed to desserts, snacks, or sweets)

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

Rawa[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mete

  1. good

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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.