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[meet] /mit/
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.
Origin of mete1
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
1. deal, measure, parcel. Unabridged
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  • Both Mukoki and Wabigoon had slipped the leashes that had long restrained them from meting first vengeance upon their enemies.

    The Wolf Hunters James Oliver Curwood
  • Your thoughts have nothing to do with the meting out of human justice.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • He seemed always to take special delight in catching a student at some infringement of the rules, and in meting out punishment.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Thus endowed, will she be capable of meting out the future's larva's portion?

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • The usual attitude is one of determining the offense and meting out just punishment for it.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson
  • Then my wrongs should have received full vengeance, and none would have blamed me for meting it out to these two villains.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
British Dictionary definitions for meting


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


(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 meting



"to allot," Old English metan "to measure, mete out; compare, estimate" (class V strong verb; past tense mæt, past participle meten), from Proto-Germanic *metanan (cf. Old Saxon metan, Old Frisian, Old Norse meta, Dutch meten, Old High German mezzan, German messen, Gothic mitan "to measure"), from PIE *med- "to take appropriate measures" (see medical). Used now only with out. Related: Meted; meting.


"boundary," now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from Old French mete "limit, bounds, frontier," from Latin meta "goal, boundary, post, pillar."

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