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"encounter" in British English

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encounternoun [C]

uk   /ɪnˈkaʊn.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
a ​meeting, ​especially one that ​happens by ​chance: I had an ​alarming encounter with a ​wildpig. This ​meeting will be the first encounter between the ​partyleaders since the ​election. an ​occasion when ​people have ​sex, usually with someone they have not ​met before an ​occasion when two ​teamsplay against each other: In ​their last encounter with Italy, ​Englandwon 3–2.

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encounterverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈkaʊn.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
  • encounter verb [T] (MEET)

formal to ​meet someone ​unexpectedly: On ​their way ​home they encountered a woman ​sellingflowers.

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(Definition of encounter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"encounter" in American English

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encounterverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈkɑʊn·tər/
to ​meet someone unexpectedly, or to ​experience, esp. something ​unpleasant: In the ​kitchen I encountered a woman I had never ​seen before. He was ​shocked by the ​hostility he encountered.
encounter
noun [C]  us   /ɪnˈkɑʊnt·ər/
My first encounter with ​death was when Abraham ​died.
(Definition of encounter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"encounter" in Business English

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encounterverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈkaʊntər/
to ​experience a ​situation, especially something that is unexpected or unpleasant: We encountered a problem with the ​fuelpump during ​safetytests. This is the first ​time I have encountered racism at ​work.

encounternoun [C]

uk   us   /ɪnˈkaʊntər/
a ​meeting with someone, especially one that is unexpected or unpleasant: Customer ​servicerepresentatives are ​trained to ​handle encounters with angry ​customers.
(Definition of encounter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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