greet
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English greten, from Old English grētan; akin to Old English grǣtan to weep Date: before 12th century 1. to address with expression of kind wishes upon meeting or arrival <
greeted guests at the door
>
2. a. to meet or react to in a specified manner <
greeted him with boos
>
b. to occur as a response to <
apathy greeted the plan
>
3. to appear to the perception of <
a surprising sight greeted her eyes
>
greeter noun II. intransitive verb (grat; grutten) Etymology: Middle English greten, from Old English grǣtan; akin to Old Norse grāta to weep Date: before 12th century Scottish weep, lament

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  • greet — [ grit ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to behave in a polite or friendly way toward someone when you meet them: Natalie rushed to open the door and greet the guests. greet someone with a smile/kiss: The women greet each other with kisses on both cheeks …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Greet — (gr[=e]t), v. i. To meet and give salutations. [1913 Webster] There greet in silence, as the dead are wont, And sleep in peace. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Greet — Greet, v. i. [OE. greten, AS. gr[=ae]tan, gr[=e]tan; akin to Icel. gr[=a]ta, Sw. gr[*a]ta, Dan. gr[ae]de, Goth. gr[=e]ctan; cf. Skr. hr[=a]d to sound, roar. [root]50.] To weep; to cry; to lament. [Obs. or Scot.] [Written also {greit}.] Spenser.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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