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greet1

[greet] /grit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to address with some form of salutation; welcome.
2.
to meet or receive:
to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
3.
to manifest itself to:
Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.
verb (used without object)
4.
Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English greten, Old English grētan; cognate with German grüssen
Related forms
greeter, noun
Synonyms
1. hail, accost.

greet2

[greet] /grit/
verb (used without object)
1.
to grieve; lament; cry.
verb (used with object)
2.
to lament; bewail.
Origin
before 900; Middle English grete, Old English grǣtan; cognate with ON grāta, Gothic gretan
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Examples for greet
  • One reason why the army is hesitating is that it knows resistance would greet any move into the red-shirt camp.
  • Students should try to greet the puppet in a way that will make the puppet return their greeting.
  • Churches today frequently ask congregants to greet the people next to them at the end of the service.
  • And sometimes they return to the nest--a return that parents greet with joy and not so much joy.
  • The bunny will go dormant in cold winters, but will put on a new coat of tiny green leaves to greet the spring.
  • In line, people greet each other by name and swap jokes.
  • If you are suddenly feeling confused about whether to greet middle age with open arms or dread, it is understandable.
  • The government sterilization team will greet you when you return home this evening.
  • Even at the outset, the happy natives failed to greet their liberators quite as joyfully as some had so obviously hoped.
  • These elephants greet each other by putting the tip of the trunk into the other's mouth.
British Dictionary definitions for greet

greet1

/ɡriːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
2.
to send a message of friendship to
3.
to receive in a specified manner her remarks were greeted by silence
4.
to become apparent to the smell of bread greeted him
Word Origin
Old English grētan; related to Old High German gruozzen to address

greet2

/ɡriːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to weep; lament
noun
2.
weeping; lamentation
Word Origin
from Old English grētan, northern dialect variant of grætan; compare Old Norse grāta, Middle High German grazen
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Word Origin and History for greet
greet
O.E. gretan "to come in contact with" (in sense of "attack, accost" as well as "salute, welcome"), from W.Gmc. *grotja (cf. O.S. grotian, O.Fris. greta, Du. groeten, O.H.G. gruozen, Ger. grußen "to salute, greet"), perhaps originally "to resound" (via notion of "cause to speak"), causative of P.Gmc. *grætanan, root of O.E. grætan (Anglian gretan) "weep, bewail," and greet still means "cry, weep" in Scot. & northern England dialect. Grætan is probably also the source of the second element in regret. First record of greeting card is from 1898.
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