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UK [ɡriːt] / US [ɡrɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "greet":
present tense I/you/we/they greet he/she/it greets present participle greeting past tense greeted past participle greeted
1) to behave in a polite or friendly way towards someone when you meet them

Natalie rushed to open the door and greet the guests.

The Prime Minister greeted him at the airport.

Bruce was warmly greeted by his colleagues.

greet someone with a smile/kiss:

The women greet each other with kisses on both cheeks.

2) to react to an action or news in a particular way

A burst of applause greeted the players.

be greeted with something:

The announcement was greeted with some scepticism by environmental groups.

be greeted by something:

The decision was greeted by violent demonstrations.

3) [often passive] if you are greeted by a sight, sound, or smell, it is the first thing that you notice

We were greeted by the familiar smell of baking bread.


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  • Greet — Greet, v. i. [OE. greten, AS. gr[=ae]tan, gr[=e]tan; akin to Icel. gr[=a]ta, Sw. gr[*a]ta, Dan. gr[ae]de, Goth. gr[=e]ctan; cf. Skr. hr[=a]d to sound, roar. [root]50.] To weep; to cry; to lament. [Obs. or Scot.] [Written also {greit}.] Spenser.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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