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[en-koun-ter] /ɛnˈkaʊn tər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to come upon or meet with, especially unexpectedly:
to encounter a new situation.
2.
to meet with or contend against (difficulties, opposition, etc.):
We encounter so many problems in our work.
3.
to meet (a person, military force, etc.) in conflict:
We will encounter the enemy at dawn.
verb (used without object)
4.
to meet, especially unexpectedly or in conflict:
We were angry when we encountered, but we parted with smiles.
noun
5.
a meeting with a person or thing, especially a casual, unexpected, or brief meeting:
Our running into each other was merely a chance encounter.
6.
a meeting of persons or groups that are in conflict or opposition; combat; battle:
Another such encounter and we may lose the war.
7.
Psychology. a meeting of two or more people, as the members of an encounter group or a number of married couples (marriage encounter) conducted to promote direct emotional confrontations among the participants, especially as a form of therapy (encounter therapy)
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English encountren < Anglo-French enco(u)ntrer; Old French < Vulgar Latin *incontrāre, equivalent to in- in-1 + -contrāre, derivative of contrā against; see counter3
Related forms
encounterer, noun
preencounter, noun, verb (used with object)
reencounter, verb, noun
unencountered, adjective
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encounter

/ɪnˈkaʊntə/
verb
1.
to come upon or meet casually or unexpectedly
2.
to come into conflict with (an enemy, army, etc) in battle or contest
3.
(transitive) to be faced with; contend with he encounters many obstacles in his work
noun
4.
a meeting with a person or thing, esp when casual or unexpected
5.
a hostile meeting; contest or conflict
Derived Forms
encounterer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French encontrer, from Vulgar Latin incontrāre (unattested), from Latin in-² + contrā against, opposite
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Word Origin and History for re-encounter
encounter
c.1300, "meeting of adversaries," from O.Fr. encountrer "confront," from encontre (prep. and adv.) "against, counter to," from L.L. incontra "in front of," from L. in- "in" + contra "against." Weakened sense of "casually meet" first recorded in English early 16c. Related: Encountered; encountering.
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