1 [greet]
verb (used with object)
to address with some form of salutation; welcome.
to meet or receive: to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
to manifest itself to: Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.
verb (used without object)
Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.

before 900; Middle English greten, Old English grētan; cognate with German grüssen

greeter, noun

1. hail, accost. Unabridged


2 [greet] Scot. and North England Archaic.
verb (used without object)
to grieve; lament; cry.
verb (used with object)
to lament; bewail.

before 900; Middle English grete, Old English grǣtan; cognate with ON grāta, Gothic gretan Unabridged
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greet1 (ɡriːt)
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
[Old English grētan; related to Old High German gruozzen to address]

greet2 (ɡriːt)
1.  (intr) to weep; lament
2.  weeping; lamentation
[from Old English grētan, northern dialect variant of grætan; compare Old Norse grāta, Middle High German grazen]

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Word Origin & History

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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