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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.


Synonymsmeeting


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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