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Definition of Encounter


  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.
  2. 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.
  3. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
  4. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.

Encounter Quotations

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Albert Schweitzer

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Maya Angelou

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
John Milton

In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together.
Margaret J. Wheatley

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
Saint Francis de Sales
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Encounter Translations

encounter in Afrikaans is sien, ontmoet
encounter in Dutch is ontmoeten, aantreffen
encounter in Finnish is tavata
encounter in French is rencontrons, rencontrez, rencontrent, rencontre
encounter in German is Begegnung
encounter in Italian is incontro, incontrare
encounter in Portuguese is encontro
encounter in Spanish is encontrar, encuentro
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