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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for greeter

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

greeter

/ˈɡriːtə/
noun
1.
a person who greets people at the entrance of a shop, restaurant, casino, etc
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Word Origin and History for greeter
n.

late 14c., agent noun from greet.

greet

v.

Old English gretan "to come in contact with" (in sense of "attack, accost" as well as "salute, welcome," and "touch, take hold of, handle"), from West Germanic *grotjan (cf. Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Dutch groeten, Old High German gruozen, German grüßen "to salute, greet"), perhaps originally "to resound" (via notion of "cause to speak"), causative of Proto-Germanic *grætanan, root of Old English grætan (Anglian gretan) "weep, bewail," from PIE *gher- "to call out." Greet still can mean "cry, weep" in Scottish & northern England dialect, though this might be from a different root. Grætan is probably also the source of the second element in regret. Related: Greeted; greeting.

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