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mete1

[meet] /mit/
verb (used with object), meted, meting.
1.
to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out):
to mete out punishment.
2.
Archaic. to measure.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English metan; cognate with Dutch meten, Old Norse meta, Gothic mitan, German messen to measure, Greek mḗdesthai to ponder
Related forms
unmeted, adjective
Synonyms
1. deal, measure, parcel.
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Examples for meted
  • Forgiveness should be meted out in finely measured and consequence-ridden portions.
British Dictionary definitions for meted

mete1

/miːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(usually foll by out) (formal) to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
verb, noun
2.
(poetic, dialect) (to) measure
Word Origin
Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure

mete2

/miːt/
noun
1.
(rare) a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)
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Word Origin and History for meted
mete
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.
mete
"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, 1471, from O.Fr. mete, from L. meta "goal, boundary."
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