Definition of “greet” - English Dictionary

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“greet” in British English

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greetverb

uk /ɡriːt/ us /ɡriːt/

B1 [ T ] to welcome someone with particular words or a particular action, or to react to something in the stated way:

He greeted me at the door.
The teacher greeted each child with a friendly "Hello!"
The unions have greeted the decision with delight/anger.

[ T often passive ] If you are greeted by a sight, sound, or smell, you notice it immediately when you arrive somewhere:

As we walked into the house, we were greeted by a wonderful smell of baking.

More examples

  • The dog trotted down the path to greet me.
  • She ran excitedly down the hall to greet her cousins.
  • 'Hi' is an informal way of greeting people.
  • The new president was greeted by an ecstatic crowd.
  • The headteacher greeted us very formally.

(Definition of “greet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“greet” in American English

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greetverb [ T ]

us /ɡrit/

to welcome someone with particular words or a particular action, or to react to something in the stated way:

The men greeted each other warmly.
The mayor was greeted with shouts of anger.

(Definition of “greet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)