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encounter

noun [C] uk   /ɪnˈkaʊn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
a meeting, especially one that happens by chance: I had an alarming encounter with a wild pig. This meeting will be the first encounter between the party leaders since the election. an occasion when people have sex, usually with someone they have not met before an occasion when two teams play against each other: In their last encounter with Italy, England won 3–2.
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encounter

verb [T] uk   /ɪnˈkaʊn.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/

encounter verb [T] (MEET)

formal to meet someone unexpectedly: On their way home they encountered a woman selling flowers.
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encounter verb [T] (EXPERIENCE)

B2 to experience something, especially something unpleasant: When did you first encounter these difficulties? The army is reported to be encountering considerable resistance.
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