1. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief: a chance encounter in the park.
a. A hostile or adversarial confrontation; a contest: a tense naval encounter.
b. An often violent meeting; a clash.
v.en·coun·tered, en·coun·ter·ing, en·coun·ters
1. To meet, especially unexpectedly; come upon: encountered an old friend on the street.
2. To confront in battle or contention.
3. To come up against: encounter numerous obstacles.
To meet, especially unexpectedly.
[Middle English encountre, from Old French, from encontrer, to meet, from Late Latin incontrre : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin contr, against; see kom in Indo-European roots.]
encounter /nkantr/ v. [T] 1 to meet by chance, run into: We encountered some strangers on the road.2 to come face-to-face with, (syn.) to confront: Our army encountered the enemy at the river and fought them. n. a meeting, usu. unplanned: She had an encounter with a drunk on the subway.