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en·coun·ter

 (ĕn-koun′tər)
n.
1. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief: a chance encounter in the park.
2. A hostile or adversarial confrontation: a tense naval encounter.
v. en·coun·tered, en·coun·ter·ing, en·coun·ters
v.tr.
1. To meet, especially unexpectedly; come upon: encountered an old friend on the street.
2. To confront in battle or competition: encountered last year's champion.
3. To experience or undergo: We have encountered numerous obstacles.
v.intr.
To meet, especially unexpectedly.

[Middle English encountre, from Old French, from encontrer, to meet, from Late Latin incontrāre : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin contrā, against; see kom in Indo-European roots.]

encounter

(ɪnˈkaʊntə)
vb
1. to come upon or meet casually or unexpectedly
2. to come into conflict with (an enemy, army, etc) in battle or contest
3. (tr) to be faced with; contend with: he encounters many obstacles in his work.
n
4. a meeting with a person or thing, esp when casual or unexpected
5. a hostile meeting; contest or conflict
[C13: from Old French encontrer, from Vulgar Latin incontrāre (unattested), from Latin in-2 + contrā against, opposite]
enˈcounterer n

en•coun•ter

(ɛnˈkaʊn tər)

v.t.
1. to come upon or meet with, esp. unexpectedly.
2. to meet with or contend against (difficulties, opposition, etc.).
3. to meet (a person, military force, etc.) in conflict.
v.i.
4. to meet, esp. unexpectedly or in conflict.
n.
5. a meeting with a person or thing, esp. a casual, unexpected, or brief meeting.
6. a meeting of people or groups that are in conflict; combat; battle.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French enco(u)ntrer; Old French < Vulgar Latin *incontrāre=in- in-1 + -contrāre, derivative of contrā against; see counter3]

encounter


Past participle: encountered
Gerund: encountering

Imperative
encounter
encounter
Present
I encounter
you encounter
he/she/it encounters
we encounter
you encounter
they encounter
Preterite
I encountered
you encountered
he/she/it encountered
we encountered
you encountered
they encountered
Present Continuous
I am encountering
you are encountering
he/she/it is encountering
we are encountering
you are encountering
they are encountering
Present Perfect
I have encountered
you have encountered
he/she/it has encountered
we have encountered
you have encountered
they have encountered
Past Continuous
I was encountering
you were encountering
he/she/it was encountering
we were encountering
you were encountering
they were encountering
Past Perfect
I had encountered
you had encountered
he/she/it had encountered
we had encountered
you had encountered
they had encountered
Future
I will encounter
you will encounter
he/she/it will encounter
we will encounter
you will encounter
they will encounter
Future Perfect
I will have encountered
you will have encountered
he/she/it will have encountered
we will have encountered
you will have encountered
they will have encountered
Future Continuous
I will be encountering
you will be encountering
he/she/it will be encountering
we will be encountering
you will be encountering
they will be encountering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been encountering
you have been encountering
he/she/it has been encountering
we have been encountering
you have been encountering
they have been encountering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been encountering
you will have been encountering
he/she/it will have been encountering
we will have been encountering
you will have been encountering
they will have been encountering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been encountering
you had been encountering
he/she/it had been encountering
we had been encountering
you had been encountering
they had been encountering
Conditional
I would encounter
you would encounter
he/she/it would encounter
we would encounter
you would encounter
they would encounter
Past Conditional
I would have encountered
you would have encountered
he/she/it would have encountered
we would have encountered
you would have encountered
they would have encountered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.encounter - a minor short-term fightencounter - a minor short-term fight    
contretemps - an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
2.encounter - a casual or unexpected convergenceencounter - a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway"
convergence - the occurrence of two or more things coming together
alignment, conjunction - (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
3.encounter - a casual meeting with a person or thing
joining, connexion, connection - the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication); "the joining of hands around the table"; "there was a connection via the internet"
4.encounter - a hostile disagreement face-to-faceencounter - a hostile disagreement face-to-face
disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
Verb1.encounter - come togetherencounter - come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"
intersect, cross - meet at a point
foregather, forgather, gather, assemble, meet - collect in one place; "We assembled in the church basement"; "Let's gather in the dining room"
2.encounter - come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
3.encounter - be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
4.encounter - experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"
experience, have - undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up"
5.encounter - contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
confront, face - oppose, as in hostility or a competition; "You must confront your opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally confronted each other"
play - employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base"
play - use or move; "I had to play my queen"
play - shoot or hit in a particular manner; "She played a good backhand last night"
replay - repeat a game against the same opponent; "Princeton replayed Harvard"

encounter

verb
1. experience, meet, face, suffer, have, go through, sustain, endure, undergo, run into, live through Every day we encounter stresses of one kind or another.
2. meet, confront, come across, run into (informal), bump into (informal), run across, come upon, chance upon, meet by chance, happen on or upon Did you encounter anyone on your walk?
3. battle with, attack, fight, oppose, engage with, confront, combat, clash with, contend with, strive against, struggle with, grapple with, face off (slang), do battle with, cross swords with, come into conflict with, meet head on They were about to cross the border and encounter Iraqi troops.
noun
1. meeting, brush, confrontation, rendezvous, chance meeting an encounter with a remarkable man
2. battle, fight, action, conflict, clash, dispute, contest, set to (informal), run-in (informal), combat, confrontation, engagement, collision, skirmish, head-to-head, face-off (slang) They were killed in an encounter with security forces near the border.

encounter

verb
1. To come up against:
2. To meet face-to-face, especially defiantly:
3. To enter into conflict with:
Idiom: do battle with.
noun
1. A face-to-face, usually hostile meeting:
2. A brief, hostile exposure to or contact with something such as danger or opposition:
Translations
لِقاء غَيْر مُتَوَقَّعمُواجَهَه، صِداميُصادِف، يَلْتَقي صُدْفَةًيُواجِه
komme ud formødesammenstødtræffe
renkonto
kohdatakohtaaminenyhteenotto
összeakadösszecsapásszembekerültalálkozás
bardagihitta, mætasamfundur
susitikimassusitikti
sadursmesadurtiessastapšanāssastaptsatikšanās
întâlni
naleteti na kogasrečanje

encounter

[ɪnˈkaʊntəʳ]
A. N (= meeting, fight) → encuentro m
B. VT [+ person] → encontrar, encontrarse con; [+ difficulty, danger, enemy] → tropezar con
C. CPD encounter group Ngrupo m de encuentro

encounter

[ɪnˈkaʊntər]
nrencontre f
an encounter with sb → une rencontre avec qn
to have an encounter with sb → faire la rencontre de qn
an encounter with sth → une rencontre avec qch
a sexual encounter → un rapport sexuel
vt
(= meet) [+ person] → rencontrer
(= come across) [+ problem, difficulty] → rencontrerencounter group n (PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY)séance f de psychothérapie de groupe

encounter

vt enemy, oppositiontreffen or stoßen auf (+acc); difficulties, resistancestoßen auf (+acc); dangergeraten in (+acc); (liter) personbegegnen (+dat), → treffen; to encounter enemy fireunter feindlichen Beschuss geraten
nBegegnung f, → Treffen nt; (in battle) → Zusammenstoß m; chance encounterzufällige Begegnung; sexual encountersexuelle Erfahrung; close encounter (Space: = near miss) → Beinahezusammenstoß m; (with aliens) → unheimliche Begegnung

encounter

[ɪnˈkaʊntəʳ]
1. vt (person) → incontrare; (difficulty, danger, enemy) → imbattersi in
2. nincontro

encounter

(inˈkauntə) verb
1. to meet especially unexpectedly. She encountered the manager in the hall.
2. to meet with (difficulties etc). I expect to encounter many difficulties in the course of this job.
noun
1. a meeting. I feel that I know him quite well, even after a brief encounter.
2. a fight. The encounter between the armies was fierce.
References in classic literature ?
As he performed this office, he whispered his reviving hopes in the ears of the trembling females, who, through dread of encountering the savage countenances of their captors, seldom raised their eyes from the ground.
Her scowl,--as the world, or such part of it as sometimes caught a transitory glimpse of her at the window, wickedly persisted in calling it,--her scowl had done Miss Hepzibah a very ill office, in establishing her character as an ill-tempered old maid; nor does it appear improbable that, by often gazing at herself in a dim looking-glass, and perpetually encountering her own frown with its ghostly sphere, she had been led to interpret the expression almost as unjustly as the world did.
It was the recollection of those memorable words of his -- "I'll try, Sir" -- spoken on the very verge of a desperate and heroic enterprise, and breathing the soul and spirit of New England hardihood, comprehending all perils, and encountering all.
Every whale-ship takes out a goodly number of letters for various ships, whose delivery to the persons to whom they may be addressed, depends upon the mere chance of encountering them in the four oceans.
It was like encountering an inhabitant of the fourth dimension of space, a being who was free from all one's own limitations.
Carriage springs up, with another bounce,--down go the hind wheels,--senator, woman, and child, fly over on to the back seat, his elbows encountering her bonnet, and both her feet being jammed into his hat, which flies off in the concussion.
Think of encountering a grin like this on the face of that grim journal: