Synonyms of encounter


1. brush, clash, encounter, skirmish, fight, fighting, combat, scrap

usage: a minor short-term fight

2. meeting, encounter, convergence

usage: a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway"

3. encounter, coming upon, joining, connection, connexion

usage: a casual meeting with a person or thing

4. confrontation, encounter, showdown, face-off, disagreement

usage: a hostile disagreement face-to-face


1. meet, run into, encounter, run across, come across, see

usage: come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"

2. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter

usage: come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"

3. run into, encounter, be

usage: be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"

4. meet, encounter, receive, have, experience

usage: experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"

5. meet, encounter, play, take on

usage: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"

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Definition and meaning of encounter (Dictionary)