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en·coun·ter  (n-kountr)
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. encounter

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