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meet with (third-person singular simple present meets with, present participle meeting with, simple past and past participle met with)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see meet,‎ with.
  2. (chiefly US) To have a meeting with (someone).
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 239:
      ‘They want to meet with you at the Annexe as soon as possible. I'm to ring back by yesterday.’
      ‘They want what?’
      ‘To meet you. But they use the preposition.’
      Do they? Do they really? Good Lord. I suppose it's the German influence. Or is it old English? Meet with. Well I must say.’ And he lumbered off to the bathroom to shave.
  3. To encounter; to experience.
    The proposal met with stiff opposition.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
      Dorothy told the Witch all her story: how the cyclone had brought her to the Land of Oz, how she had found her companions, and of the wonderful adventures they had met with.
  4. To answer (something) with; to respond to (something) with.
    They met the proposal with stiff opposition.
    The proposal was met with stiff opposition.
    (ergative) The proposal met with stiff opposition.
  5. To strike (something).
    His face met with a punch harder than a punch should be.
  6. To contact or touch (something).
    The baseboard met with the chimney stones very crudely.