encounter

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Encounter is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

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  • Hyphenation: en‧coun‧ter

Noun[change]

Singular
encounter

Plural
encounters

A violent encounter
  1. An encounter is a meeting, usually one that you don't expect.
    I had a pleasant encounter yesterday: an old friend of mine visited me.
    My job was really the result of a chance encounter with an old friend, now my boss.
  2. An encounter is when two people or groups meet to play a game or fight a battle.
    I hope there will be no encounter with other soldiers tomorrow.
    This is the fifth World Cup encounter between these two teams.

Related words[change]


Verb[change]

Plain form
encounter

Third-person singular
encounters

Past tense
encountered

Past participle
encountered

Present participle
encountering

  1. (transitive) If you encounter problems, difficulties, etc., you experience them.
    When he did encounter problems, he always knew how to fix them.
  2. (transitive) If you encounter someone, you meet someone, usually unexpectedly.
    In the store I encountered my teacher.
  3. (transitive) If you encounter someone, you meet them to play a game or fight a battle.
    At night the battle ship encountered enemy planes.