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Meet vs Sight - What's the difference?

meet | sight |

As verbs the difference between meet and sight

is that meet is (lb) of individuals: to make personal contact while sight is to register visually.

As nouns the difference between meet and sight

is that meet is a sports competition, especially for athletics or swimming while sight is (in the singular) the ability to see.

As an adjective meet

is suitable; right; proper.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) meten, from (etyl) . Related to (l).


  • (lb) Of individuals: to make personal contact.
  • #(senseid)To come face to face with by accident; to encounter.
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  • , passage=Yesterday, upon the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there / He wasn’t there again today / I wish, I wish he’d go away
  • #To come face to face with someone by arrangement.
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  • #*{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=10 citation , passage=With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.}}
  • #To be introduced to someone.
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  • #*:Captain Edward Carlisle; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
  • #(lb) To French kiss someone.
  • (lb) Of groups: to gather or oppose.
  • #To gather for a formal or social discussion.
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  • #*:At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
  • #To come together in conflict.
  • #*:
  • #*:Sir said Epynegrys is þt the rule of yow arraunt knyghtes for to make a knyght to Iuste will he or nyll / As for that sayd Dynadan make the redy / for here is for me / And there with al they spored theyr horses & mett to gyders soo hard that Epynegrys smote doune sir Dynadan
  • #*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • #*:Weapons more violent, when next we meet , / May serve to better us and worse our foes.
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution , passage=The dispatches
  • #(lb) To play a match.
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  • (lb) To make physical or perceptual contact.
  • #To converge and finally touch or intersect.
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  • #*:Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile; he could not tell what this prisoner (might do).
  • #To touch or hit something while moving.
  • #:
  • #To adjoin, be physically touching.
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  • To satisfy; to comply with.
  • :
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=70, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Engineers of a different kind , passage=Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers.
  • To perceive; to come to a knowledge of; to have personal acquaintance with; to experience; to suffer.
  • :
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:Of vice or virtue, whether blest or curst, / Which meets contempt, or which compassion first.
  • Usage notes
    In the sense "come face to face with someone by arrangement", meet'' is sometimes used with the preposition ''with in American English.
    Derived terms
    * make ends meet * meet-and-greet * meet-cute * meet halfway * meet one's doom * meet one's maker * meet up * meet with


    (en noun)
  • A sports competition, especially for athletics or swimming.
  • A gathering of riders, their horses and hounds for the purpose of foxhunting.
  • (rail transport) A meeting of two trains in opposite directions on a single track, when one is put into a siding to let the other cross. (Antonym: a pass.)
  • A meeting.
  • OK, let's arrange a meet with Tyler and ask him.
  • (algebra) the greatest lower bound, an operation between pairs of elements in a lattice, denoted by the symbol (mnemonic: half an M)
  • (Irish) An act of French kissing someone
  • Antonyms
    * (greatest lower bound) join
    Derived terms
    * cornfield meet (train collision) * dual meet * flying meet * meet cute * meet-up/meetup * swim meet * track meet

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) mete, imete, from (etyl) .


  • suitable; right; proper
  • * (English Citations of "meet")


    * [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=meet&searchmode=none]






  • (in the singular) The ability to see.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Thy sight is young, / And thou shalt read when mine begin to dazzle.
  • * Milton
  • O loss of sight , of thee I most complain!
  • The act of seeing; perception of objects by the eye; view.
  • to gain sight of land
  • * Bible, Acts i. 9
  • A cloud received him out of their sight .
  • Something seen.
  • * 2005 , Lesley Brown (translator), :
  • * He's a really remarkable man and it's very hard to get him in one's sights ;
  • Something worth seeing; a spectacle.
  • You really look a sight in that silly costume!
  • * Bible, Exodus iii. 3
  • Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight , why the bush is not burnt.
  • * Spenser
  • They never saw a sight so fair.
  • A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target.
  • A small aperture through which objects are to be seen, and by which their direction is settled or ascertained.
  • the sight of a quadrant
  • * Shakespeare
  • their eyes of fire sparking through sights of steel
  • a great deal, a lot; (frequently used to intensify a comparative).
  • a sight of money
    This is a darn sight better than what I'm used to at home!
  • * Gower
  • a wonder sight of flowers
  • * 1913 ,
  • "If your mother put you in the pit at twelve, it's no reason why I should do the same with my lad."
    "Twelve! It wor a sight afore that!"
  • In a drawing, picture, etc., that part of the surface, as of paper or canvas, which is within the frame or the border or margin. In a frame, the open space, the opening.
  • (obsolete) The instrument of seeing; the eye.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Why cloud they not their sights ?
  • Mental view; opinion; judgment.
  • In their sight it was harmless.
  • * Bible, Luke xvi. 15
  • That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.


    * (ability to see) sense of sight, vision * (something seen) view * (aiming device) scope, peep sight

    Derived terms

    * sight for sore eyes * far-sighted * in sight * insight * long-sighted * near-sighted * not a pretty sight * at sight * on sight * out of sight * * outsight * second sight * short-sighted * sight cheque * sight draft * sight for sore eyes * sight gag * sight rhyme * sight unseen


    (en verb)
  • To register visually.
  • To get sight of (something).
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.}}
  • To apply sights to; to adjust the sights of; also, to give the proper elevation and direction to by means of a sight.
  • To take aim at.
  • Synonyms

    * (visually register) see * (get sight of) espy, glimpse, spot * (take aim) aim at, take aim at

    Derived terms

    * resight

    See also

    * see * vision