meet halfway

halfway

[haf-wey, hahf-]
adverb
1.
to half the distance; to midpoint: The rope reaches only halfway.
2.
almost; nearly; just about: He halfway surrendered to their demands.
adjective
3.
midway, as between two places or points.
4.
going to or covering only half or part of the full extent: halfway measures.
Idioms
5.
meet halfway, to compromise with; give in partially to: They didn't comply with all our demands, but met us halfway on the more important points.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English half wei. See half, way

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meet

1 [meet]
verb (used with object), met, meeting.
1.
to come upon; come into the presence of; encounter: I would meet him on the street at unexpected moments.
2.
to become acquainted with; be introduced to: I've never met your cousin.
3.
to join at an agreed or designated place or time: Meet me in St. Louis.
4.
to be present at the arrival of: to meet a train.
5.
to come to or before (one's notice, or a means of noticing, as the eyes or ears): A peculiar sight met my eyes.
6.
to come into the company of (a person, group, etc.) in dealings, conference, etc.
7.
to face, eye, etc., directly or without avoidance.
8.
to come into physical contact, juxtaposition, or collision with: The two cars met each other head-on at high speed.
9.
to encounter in opposition, conflict, or contest: Harvard meets Yale next week in football.
10.
to oppose: to meet charges with countercharges.
11.
to cope or deal effectively with (an objection, difficulty, etc.).
12.
to comply with; fulfill; satisfy: to meet a deadline; to meet a demand.
13.
to pay in full: How will you meet expenses?
14.
to come into conformity with (wishes, expectations, views, etc.).
15.
to encounter in experience: to meet hostility.
verb (used without object), met, meeting.
16.
to come together, face to face, or into company: We met on the street.
17.
to assemble for action, conference, or other common purpose, as a committee, legislature, or class: The board of directors will meet on Tuesday.
18.
to become personally acquainted.
19.
to come into contact or form a junction, as lines, planes, or areas: The two lines meet to form an angle.
20.
to be conjoined or united.
21.
to concur or agree.
22.
to come together in opposition or conflict, as adversaries or hostile forces.
noun
23.
an assembly, as of persons and hounds for a hunt or swimmers or runners for a race or series of races: a track meet.
24.
those assembled.
25.
the place of such an assembling.
26.
Mathematics, intersection ( def 3a ).
Verb phrases
27.
meet with,
a.
to come across; encounter: to meet with opposition.
b.
to experience; undergo; receive: The visitors met with courtesy during their stay.
c.
to join, as for conference or instruction: I met with her an hour a day until we solved the problem.
Idioms
28.
meet cute. cute ( def 6 ).
29.
meet halfway,
a.
to concede in part, as to the demands of an opposing faction; make concessions, as to another person; compromise: Despite their differences, the union and the company finally agreed to meet halfway and settle their dispute.
b.
to anticipate another's actions and conduct oneself accordingly.
30.
well met, Archaic. welcome.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English meten, Old English gemētan; cognate with Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian. See moot1

meeter, noun


7. confront. 8. join, connect, intersect, cross, converge, unite. 17. collect. 23. contest, competition.


17. adjourn, scatter. 19. diverge.
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halfway (ˌhɑːfˈweɪ)
 
adv, —adj
1.  at or to half the distance; at or to the middle
2.  in or of an incomplete manner or nature
3.  meet halfway to compromise with

meet1 (miːt)
 
vb (sometimes foll by up or(US) with) (sometimes foll by with) , meets, meeting, met
1.  to come together (with), either by design or by accident; encounter: I met him unexpectedly; we met at the station
2.  to come into or be in conjunction or contact with (something or each other): the roads meet in the town; the sea meets the sky
3.  (tr) to come to or be at the place of arrival of: to meet a train
4.  to make the acquaintance of or be introduced to (someone or each other): have you two met?
5.  to gather in the company of (someone or each other): the board of directors meets on Tuesday
6.  to come into the presence of (someone or each other) as opponents: Joe meets Fred in the boxing match
7.  (tr) to cope with effectively; satisfy: to meet someone's demands
8.  (tr) to be apparent to (esp in the phrase meet the eye)
9.  (tr) to return or counter: to meet a blow with another
10.  to agree with (someone or each other): we met him on the price he suggested
11.  to experience; suffer: he met his death in a road accident
12.  to occur together: courage and kindliness met in him
13.  (Caribbean) (tr) to find (a person, situation, etc) in a specified condition: I met the door open
14.  meet and greet (of a celebrity, politician, etc) to have a session of being introduced to and questioned by members of the public or journalists
 
n
15.  the assembly of hounds, huntsmen, etc, prior to a hunt
16.  a meeting, esp a sports meeting
17.  (US) the place where the paths of two railway trains meet or cross
18.  meet-and-greet a session where a celebrity, etc, is introduced to or questioned by members of the public or journalists
 
[Old English mētan; related to Old Norse mœta, Old Saxon mōtian]
 
'meeter1
 
n

meet2 (miːt)
 
adj
archaic proper, fitting, or correct
 
[C13: from variant of Old English gemǣte; related to Old High German māza suitability, Old Norse mǣtr valuable]
 
'meetly2
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

meet
O.E. metan, from P.Gmc. *motijanan (cf.O.N. mæta, O.S. motian "to meet"). Related to O.E. gemot "meeting." The noun, in the sporting sense, is attested from 1831, originally of hunting. Meeting "gathering of people for discussion, etc." is attested from 1513. In 17c., it was applied generally to
worship assemblies of nonconformists, but this now is retained mostly by Quakers.

meet
O.E. gemæte "suitable, having the same dimensions," from P.Gmc. *ga-mætijaz (cf. O.N. mætr, O.H.G. gimagi, Ger. gemäß "suitable"), from collective prefix *ga- + PIE *med- "to measure." The root sense is thus the same as commensurate.
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meet definition


  1. n.
    a meeting or an appointment. (Mostly underworld.) : If this meet works out, we could score a cool million.
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