encounter encounter  /ɪn ˈkaʊn tər/


  1. (n) a minor short-term fight
  2. (n) a casual or unexpected convergence
  3. (n) a casual meeting with a person or thing
  4. (n) a hostile disagreement face-to-face
  5. (v) come together
  6. (v) come upon, as if by accident; meet with
  7. (v) be beset by
  8. (v) experience as a reaction
  9. (v) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle


  1. NEW YORK: Today's entry in the parade of women who claim to have had sexual encounters with the President is Elizabeth Ward Gracen, a 37-year-old actress and former Miss America.
  2. What's more, same-sex partners don't meet merely for brief encounters, but may form long-term bonds, sometimes mating for years or even for life.
  3. The initial stages of the encounter were never in dispute.


  1. Tangipahoa Sheriff: Man, 24, caught having sexual encounter with girl, 13

    The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 24-year-old man was caught having a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: WDSU New Orleans

  2. Woman carjacked by suspected killer

    Laura Sisk survived a close encounter with a man suspected of murdering his family before going on a shooting spree in Santa Monica, California on Friday. She describes the harrowing ordeal to Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: CNN

  3. CSA Summer Arts Encounter

    Date: June 24-28, 2013 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Place: Wheaton College, Pierce Memorial Chapel Admission: $50-$75 Website: CSA Summer Arts Encounter Wheaton College Community School of the Arts (CSA) at Wheaton College offers Summer Arts Encounter June 24-28. …
    on June 11, 2013     Source: WGN TV Chicago


  1. Bonner said that the alleged rock throwing "is a deadly force encounter, one that justifies the use of deadly force."
    on Jun 14, 2010 By: TJ Bonner Source: Bay Area Indymedia

  2. "The principal conflicts of interest that I would encounter arise from my service as solicitor general," Kagan wrote on her Senate questionnaire, adding that the only others she was aware of would involve Harvard litigation.
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Elena Kagan Source: World Magazine

  3. "One in three women will encounter violence in some way, shape or form against them in their lifetime," said Kidman, who is seven months pregnant to her country music star husband Keith Urban. "That's an extraordinary statistic. Yet do we...
    on Jan 25, 2006 By: Nicole Kidman Source: Ninemsn

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