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[ren-koun-ter] /rɛnˈkaʊn tər/
noun, Also, rencontre
1.
a hostile meeting; battle.
2.
a contest of any kind.
3.
a casual meeting.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to encounter casually.
5.
Obsolete. to meet hostilely.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Middle French rencontrer. See re-, encounter
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rencounter

/rɛnˈkaʊntə/
noun
1.
an unexpected meeting
2.
a hostile clash, as of two armies, adversaries, etc; skirmish
verb
3.
to meet (someone) unexpectedly
Word Origin
C16: from French rencontre, from rencontrer; see encounter
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