Encounter

Definition of Encounter

En`coun´ter
v. t.1.To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a truth.
[imp. & p. p. Encountered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Encountering.]
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him.
- Acts xvii. 18.
I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo.
I will encounter with Andronicus.
- Shak.
Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with particulars.
- Tatham.
n.1.A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd.
- Pope.
2.A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.
As one for . . . fierce encounters fit
- Spenser.
To join their dark encounter in mid-air
- Milton

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