Meaning of “encounter” in the English Dictionary

"encounter" in English

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encounternoun [ C ]

uk /ɪnˈkaʊn.tər/ us /ɪnˈkaʊn.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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encounterverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈkaʊn.tər/ us /ɪnˈkaʊn.t̬ɚ/

(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 /ɪnˈkaʊntər/ us

to experience a situation, especially something that is unexpected or unpleasant:

We encountered a problem with the fuel pump during safety tests.
This is the first time I have encountered racism at work.

encounternoun [ C ]

uk /ɪnˈkaʊntər/ us

a meeting with someone, especially one that is unexpected or unpleasant:

Customer service representatives are trained to handle encounters with angry customers.

(Definition of “encounter” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Obviously, when we include new groups of professionals in the scope of money laundering, we sometimes encounter problems because these groups of professionals are obliged to take certain measures.
In this way, we should also encounter various emotions and, in addition to these facts, we have to demonstrate competence and transparency in this regard.
The purpose of this proposal for a directive is to provide such victims with another legal instrument in order to offset the practical difficulties that they encounter.
From a legal point of view, they are covered by the green card system, but in practice they encounter difficulties in obtaining compensation from the insurer of the party liable.
People approach me with many problems which they encounter when attempting to exercise their right to mobility outside their country of origin.
Would you want to be treated by a doctor suffering from fatigue, for example, or to encounter him or her in traffic after excessive on-call duty?
I also intend to do everything possible to find a solution to the uncertainties surrounding the size of the old-age pension that my generation will encounter in my country.
We need specially trained solicitors, a free legal aid service and a website with answers to the everyday legal problems women encounter.
In many cases in practice, victims encounter major difficulties in accessing information about the court and fail in their attempts to have their rights protected.
The problems and hold-ups we encounter in our endeavours to make our common institutions more effective, more democratic and closer to the citizens are a striking illustration of this.