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”).
- (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 [...]