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Definition of encounter:

  1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
  2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.
  3. To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a truth.
  4. To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo.


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