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English definition of “meet”

meet

verb     /miːt/ (met /met/, met /met/)
[I or T] to arrange to see a person or group of people in order to speak with them about something: Team members arranged to meet at designated locations in their respective cities. Committees meet regularly with planning groups. Italy's lawmakers are meeting today to discuss the proposed new legislation.meet sb Senior government officials attended a gathering in Dubai in September to meet international oil executives.meet at sth Delegates will meet at the Imperial Hotel next Wednesday at 10.30.meet in Washington/Dubai/Shanghai, etc. European Union leaders are meeting in Nice to decide on various reforms.meet with sb Trust directors have already met with staff to review records and discuss future performance targets.
[T] to achieve the result or level that had been expected: We are on track to meet earnings forecasts. Due to strong growth in the homes division, the company met its home completion target of 8,000 for the year.meet a target/expectation/goal Profits this year will not meet expectations because of a slowdown in the worldwide economic recovery.
[T] to satisfy a demand or need: The mortgages they offer meet customer needs for flexibility.meet a demand/need for sth To meet the demand for its services, the university is building a new campus.meet the needs of sb/sth Many new jobs are service jobs to meet the daily needs of all the people moving to the region.
[T] to do something that you must do because of a law or rule: meet a condition/requirement/obligation The Government has threatened to seize the assets of companies that do not meet their obligations to pensioners.be met by sb/sth Certain criteria must be met by applicants before they can enrol on the program.
[T] to have enough money to pay for something, or to pay amounts you owe: meet costs/payments/expenses Meeting mortgage payments is becoming increasingly difficult for more and more people. be met by sb/sth
[T] to have the money or resources you need in order to do something, especially something that you have not done before: meet a challenge/opportunity We need a different set of strategies to help us meet the challenges of the new marketplace.
meet a deadline to finish work at the time or by a date that has been previously agreed: Employees are under constant pressure to meet deadlines.
meet (sb) halfway to reach an agreement with another person or group by offering them some of the things they want: The bank offered to meet them halfway by splitting the difference. He wants us to work to meet the stakeholders halfway to try to accommodate everyone's wishes.
(Definition of meet verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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