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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

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

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

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

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other.
Albert Pike
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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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