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ENCOUNTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does encounter mean? 

ENCOUNTER (noun)
  The noun ENCOUNTER has 4 senses:

1. a minor short-term fight
2. a casual or unexpected convergence
3. a casual meeting with a person of thing
4. a hostile disagreement face-to-face

  Familiarity information: ENCOUNTER used as a noun is uncommon.


ENCOUNTER (verb)
  The verb ENCOUNTER has 5 senses:

1. come together
2. come upon, as if by accident; meet with
3. be beset by
4. experience as a reaction
5. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

  Familiarity information: ENCOUNTER used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENCOUNTER (noun)


Sense 1encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A minor short-term fight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

encounter; skirmish; clash; brush

Hypernyms ("encounter" is a kind of...):

combat; fight; fighting; scrap (the act of fighting; any contest or struggle)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "encounter"):

contretemps (an awkward clash)


Sense 2encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A casual or unexpected convergence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

encounter; meeting

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("encounter" is a kind of...):

convergence (the occurrence of two or more things coming together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "encounter"):

alignment; conjunction ((astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac)


Sense 3encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A casual meeting with a person of thing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

coming upon; encounter

Hypernyms ("encounter" is a kind of...):

connection; connexion; joining (the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication))


Sense 4encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hostile disagreement face-to-face

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

showdown; face-off; confrontation; encounter

Hypernyms ("encounter" is a kind of...):

disagreement (the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing)


ENCOUNTER (verb)


Sense 1encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come together

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

run across; encounter; meet; come across; run into; see

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "encounter"):

cross; intersect (meet at a point)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come upon, as if by accident; meet with

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

find; encounter; bump; chance; happen

Context examples:

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

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be beset by

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

run into; encounter

Context example:

The project ran into numerous financial difficulties

Hypernyms (to "encounter" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 4encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Experience as a reaction

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

encounter; receive; meet

Context example:

My proposal met with much opposition

Hypernyms (to "encounter" is one way to...):

experience; have (undergo)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5encounter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

encounter; take on; meet; play

Context examples:

Princeton plays Yale this weekend / Charlie likes to play Mary

"Encounter" entails doing...:

compete; contend; vie (compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "encounter"):

confront; face (oppose, as in hostility or a competition)

replay (repeat a game against the same opponent)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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