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English definition of “encounter”

encounter

noun [C]     /ɪnˈkaʊn.tər/ US  /-t̬ɚ/
a meeting, especially one that happens by chance: I had a rather alarming encounter with a wild pig. This meeting will be the first encounter between the party leaders since the election.Meeting peopleOfficial meetings an occasion when people have sex, usually with someone they have not met beforeSexual intercourse an occasion when two teams play against each other: In their last encounter with Italy, England won 3–2.Competitions, and parts of competitions
(Definition of encounter noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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