1 [meet]
verb (used with object), meted, meting.
to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out ): to mete out punishment.
Archaic. to measure.

before 900; Middle English; Old English metan; cognate with Dutch meten, Old Norse meta, Gothic mitan, German messen to measure, Greek mḗdesthai to ponder

unmeted, adjective

1. deal, measure, parcel. Unabridged


2 [meet]
a limiting mark.
a limit or boundary.

1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin mēta goal, turning post

2. bound.


metallurgical engineer. Unabridged
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mete1 (miːt)
1.  formal (usually foll by out) to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
vb, —n
2.  poetic, dialect (to) measure
[Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure]

mete2 (miːt)
rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
[C15: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. metan "to measure" (class V strong verb; past tense mæt, pp. meten), from P.Gmc. *metanan (cf. O.Fris., O.N. meta, Du. meten, Ger. messen, Goth. mitan "to measure"), probably ultimately from the same PIE base as meter. Only used now with out. Related: Meted; meting.

"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, 1471, from O.Fr. mete, from L. meta "goal, boundary."
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Example sentences
Carter's moral code of family loyalty propels him to mete out brutal and exacting revenge.
Commanding officers have become increasingly reluctant to hold courts martial, or to mete out stiff penalties when they do.
Some mechanism must be put in place to mete out a national punishment for those horrible atrocities.
It would be far better to conduct investigations and mete out punishments at the national level.
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