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From be- +‎ greet. Compare West Frisian begroetsje (to begreet), Dutch begroeten (to salute, cheer, acclaim), German Low German begröten (to welcome; greet), German begrüßen (to welcome, appreciate, salute).


begreet (third-person singular simple present begreets, present participle begreeting, simple past and past participle begreeted)

  1. (transitive) To give or send greetings to; hail; salute; greet; acknowledge by greeting.
    • 1883, John McCosh, Sketches in Verse at Home and Abroad:
      The high Atlantic swell soon meets us, A softer atmosphere betreats us, The solemn solon goose begreets us With strident jangling scream [...]