US: /ɪnˈkaʊnɝ/, /ɪnˈkaʊntɝ/
UK: /ɛnkˈa‍ʊntɐ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

encounter /in'kauntə/
  • danh từ
    • sự gặp gỡ, sự bắt gặp; sự gặp phải; cuộc gặp gỡ
    • sự chạm trán, sự đọ sức; cuộc chạm trán, cuộc đọ sức; cuộc chạm trán, cuộc đấu (trí...)
    • ngoại động từ
      • gặp thình lình, bắt gặp
      • chạm trán, đọ sức với, đấu với

    Advanced English dictionary

    verb, noun
    + verb [VN]
    1 to experience sth, especially sth unpleasant or difficult, while you are trying to do sth else: We encountered a number of difficulties in the first week. + I had never encountered such resistance before.
    2 (formal) to meet sb, or discover or experience sth, especially sb/sth new, unusual or unexpected
    Synonym: COME ACROSS
    She was the most remarkable woman he had ever encountered.
    + noun
    1 ~ (with sb/sth)
    ~ (between A and B) a meeting, especially one that is sudden, unexpected or violent: Three of them were killed in the subsequent encounter with the police. + The story describes the extraordinary encounter between a man and a dolphin. + a chance encounter + I've had a number of close encounters (= situations that could have been dangerous) with bad drivers. + It was his first sexual encounter (= first experience of sex). + Flaubert was her first encounter with French literature.
    2 a sports match against a particular player or team: She has beaten her opponent in all of their previous encounters.

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 meet, come upon, run into or across, happen upon, chance upon, hit upon, light upon, stumble upon, Colloq bump into:
    She encountered him again in the supermarket.
    2 face, experience, meet with, contend with, be faced with, come into contact with, wrestle with:
    She encounters such problems every day.
    3 come into conflict with, contend with, assail, cross swords (with), grapple with, engage, joust with, do battle with, confront, clash with, join, meet:
    The ballad tells how he encountered the black knight in single combat.
    4 meeting:
    It was a chance encounter that brought us together.
    5 confrontation, brush, quarrel, disagreement, dispute, altercation, engagement, action, battle, fight, clash, conflict, skirmish, contest, competition, duel, contention, struggle, war, Colloq dust-up, scrap, run-in, set-to:
    My uncle took part in the bloody encounter in the Ardennes.

    Collocation dictionary


    I did not see him again, except for a brief encounter on a train.
    | casual, chance, unexpected
    It was a chance encounter that led to the setting up of the new political party.
    | close
    I decided not to risk a second close encounter with the snakes.
    | face-to-face | direct
    The press conference was her first direct encounter with the media.
    | unpleasant, violent | social
    the language we use in everyday social encounters
    | sexual


    I had my first encounter with the president two years ago.


    take place


    ~ between
    violent encounters between police and protesters
    | ~ with
    my first encounter with my new boss


    commonly, frequently, often, regularly
    Walruses were commonly encountered in the Shetland Islands until quite recently.
    | rarely | inevitably


    be likely to
    What are the difficulties you are most likely to encounter?

    Concise English dictionary

    +a minor short-term fight
    +a casual or unexpected convergence
    +a casual meeting with a person of thing
    +a hostile disagreement face-to-face
    +come together
    +come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    +be beset by
    +experience as a reaction
    +contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle