1 [meet]
verb (used with object), meted, meting.
to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out ): to mete out punishment.
Archaic. to measure.

before 900; Middle English; Old English metan; cognate with Dutch meten, Old Norse meta, Gothic mitan, German messen to measure, Greek mḗdesthai to ponder

unmeted, adjective

1. deal, measure, parcel. Unabridged
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mete1 (miːt)
1.  formal (usually foll by out) to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)
vb, —n
2.  poetic, dialect (to) measure
[Old English metan; compare Old Saxon metan, Old Norse meta, German messen to measure]

mete2 (miːt)
rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)
[C15: from Old French, from Latin mēta goal, turning post (in race)]

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Word Origin & History

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.

"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, 1471, from O.Fr. mete, from L. meta "goal, boundary."
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Example sentences
Forgiveness should be meted out in finely measured and consequence-ridden portions.
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