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Definition 1: a minor short-term fight - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(encounter is a kind of ...) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

(... is a kind of encounter ) an awkward clash

"he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"

Definition 2: a casual meeting with a person or thing - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(encounter is a kind of ...) the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)

"the joining of hands around the table" "there was a connection via the internet"

Definition 3: a hostile disagreement face-to-face - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(encounter is a kind of ...) the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing

Definition 4: a casual or unexpected convergence - [noun denoting event]

Samples where encounter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he still remembers their meeting in Paris
  • there was a brief encounter in the hallway

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(encounter is a kind of ...) the occurrence of two or more things coming together

(... is a kind of encounter ) (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac

Definition 5: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle - [verb of competition]

Samples where encounter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Princeton plays Yale this weekend
  • Charlie likes to play Mary

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of encounter ) oppose, as in hostility or a competition

"You must confront your opponent" "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring" "The two enemies finally confronted each other"

(... is a kind of encounter ) repeat a game against the same opponent

"Princeton replayed Harvard"

(encounter implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(encounter has a similar meaning as ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(encounter has a similar meaning as ...) employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"

(encounter has a similar meaning as ...) use or move

"I had to play my queen"

(encounter has a similar meaning as ...) shoot or hit in a particular manner

"She played a good backhand last night"

Definition 6: come together - [verb of motion]

Samples where encounter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'll probably see you at the meeting
  • How nice to see you again!

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of encounter ) meet at a point

(encounter has a similar meaning as ...) collect in one place

"We assembled in the church basement" "Let's gather in the dining room"

Definition 7: come upon, as if by accident; meet with - [verb of possession]

Samples where encounter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We 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

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

Definition 8: be beset by - [verb of stative]

Samples where encounter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The project ran into numerous financial difficulties

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(encounter is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

Definition 9: experience as a reaction - [verb of stative]

Samples where encounter or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My proposal met with much opposition

Synonyms for encounter in the sense of this definition

(encounter is a kind of ...) undergo

"The stocks had a fast run-up"

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