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.
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.
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.
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
VERB + ENCOUNTER
I had my first encounter with the president two years ago.
ENCOUNTER + VERB
violent encounters between police and protesters
| ~ with
my first encounter with my new boss verb
commonly, frequently, often, regularly
Walruses were commonly encountered in the Shetland Islands until quite recently.
| rarely | inevitably
VERB + ENCOUNTER
be likely to
What are the difficulties you are most likely to encounter?
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