Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “encounter”

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
More examples

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.
(Definition of encounter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of encounter?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “encounter” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More