(noun, verb)


1. a minor short-term fight

Similar word(s): brush, clash, skirmish

Definition categories: act, combat, fight, fighting, scrap

2. a casual or unexpected convergence

- there was a brief encounter in the hallway

Similar word(s): meeting

Definition categories: event, convergence

3. a casual meeting with a person or thing

Definition categories: act, connection, connexion, joining

4. a hostile disagreement face-to-face

Similar word(s): confrontation, showdown

Definition categories: communication, disagreement

Sentences with encounter as a noun:

- Their encounter was a matter of chance.


1. come together

Similar word(s): meet, see

Definition categories: motion

2. come upon, as if by accident; meet with

Similar word(s): bump, chance, find, happen

Definition categories: possession

3. be beset by

Definition categories: stative, be

4. experience as a reaction

Similar word(s): meet, receive

Definition categories: stative, experience, have

5. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

Similar word(s): meet, play

Definition categories: competition

Sentences with encounter as a verb:

- Three armies encountered at Waterloo.