AskDefine | Define greet

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1 express greetings upon meeting someone [syn: recognize, recognise]
2 send greetings to
3 react to in a certain way; "The President was greeted with catcalls"
4 be perceived by; "Loud music greeted him when he entered the apartment"

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  • /gɹi:t/
  • Rhymes with: -iːt

Etymology 1

gretan < West . Cognate with Dutch groeten, German grüßen. Compare Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Dutch groeten, Old High German gruozen, German grußen.


  1. To address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes; to salute; to hail; to welcome; to accost with friendship; to pay respects or compliments to, either personally or through the intervention of another, or by writing or token.
    My lord, the mayor of London comes to greet you. -Shak.
  2. To come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad.
    In vain the spring my senses greets. -Addison.
  3. To accost; to address.
  4. To meet and give salutations.
    There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, And sleep in peace. -Shak.
to address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes
  • French: saluer
  • Greek: χαιρετώ
to come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad
  • Finnish: tervehtiä
to accost; to address
  • Finnish: tervehtiä
intransitive: to meet and give salutations


  1. In the context of "obsolete|except|_|Scotland": Great.

Etymology 2

From a blend of two verbs, gretan (cognate with Swedish gräta', Danish græde) and greotan (of uncertain ultimate origin), both ‘weep, lament’.


  1. To weep; cry, lament.
    Divint greet wor lass, he had a canny innins.


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From a blend of two

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accost, address, apostrophize, appeal to, approach, bawl, bespeak, bid good day, bid good morning, blubber, boohoo, bow to, break down, burst into tears, buttonhole, call to, cry, curtsy, dissolve in tears, drop a tear, exchange greetings, hail, halloo, invoke, kiss, kiss hands, lift the hat, meet, nod to, pull the forelock, receive, salute, say hello, shake, shake hands, shed tears, snivel, sob, speak, speak fair, speak to, take aside, talk to, touch the hat, uncover, usher in, weep, welcome, whimper
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