encounter
I. verb (encountered; encountering) Etymology: Middle English encountren, from Anglo-French encuntrer, from Medieval Latin incontrare, from Late Latin incontra toward, from Latin in- + contra against — more at counter Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to meet as an adversary or enemy b. to engage in conflict with 2. to come upon face-to-face 3. to come upon or experience especially unexpectedly <
encounter difficulties
>
intransitive verb to meet especially by chance II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a meeting between hostile factions or persons ; a sudden often violent clash <
an encounter between the police and demonstrators
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2. a. a chance meeting <
an accidental encounter
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b. a particular kind of meeting or experience with another person <
a romantic encounter
>
3. a coming into the vicinity of a celestial body <
the Martian encounter of a spacecraft
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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