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English noun: encounter

1. encounter (act) a minor short-term fight

Synonymsbrush, clash, skirmish

Broader (hypernym)combat, fight, fighting, scrap

Narrower (hyponym)contretemps

2. encounter (event) a casual or unexpected convergence

SamplesHe still remembers their meeting in Paris.
There was a brief encounter in the hallway.


Broader (hypernym)convergence

Narrower (hyponym)alignment, conjunction

3. encounter (act) a casual meeting with a person or thing

Synonymscoming upon

Broader (hypernym)connection, connexion, joining

4. encounter (communication) a hostile disagreement face-to-face

Synonymsconfrontation, face-off, showdown

Broader (hypernym)disagreement

English verb: encounter

1. encounter (motion) come together

SamplesI'll probably see you at the meeting.
How nice to see you again!.

Synonymscome across, meet, run across, run into, see

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)cross, intersect

Verb groupassemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet

2. encounter (possession) come upon, as if by accident; meet with

SamplesWe 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.

Synonymsbump, chance, find, happen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

3. encounter (stative) be beset by

SamplesThe project ran into numerous financial difficulties.

Synonymsrun into

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

4. encounter (stative) experience as a reaction

SamplesMy proposal met with much opposition.

Synonymsmeet, receive

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)experience, have

5. encounter (competition) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

SamplesPrinceton plays Yale this weekend.
Charlie likes to play Mary.

Synonymsmeet, play, take on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)confront, face, replay

Entailcompete, contend, vie

Verb groupplay, play, play, play

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