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Synonyms for encounterɛnˈkaʊn tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brush, clash, encounter, skirmish(noun)

    a minor short-term fight

    Synonyms:
    brushing, face-off, clangor, brush, coming upon, clang, clash, brushwood, encounter, skirmish, clank, confrontation, clangour, copse, meeting, thicket, showdown, friction, crash, coppice, clangoring, light touch

  2. meeting, encounter(noun)

    a casual or unexpected convergence

    Synonyms:
    group meeting, confluence, encounter, face-off, showdown, merging, get together, confrontation, coming together, brush, skirmish, coming upon, clash, meeting

  3. encounter, coming upon(noun)

    a casual meeting with a person or thing

    Synonyms:
    confrontation, meeting, face-off, showdown, encounter, brush, skirmish, clash, coming upon

  4. confrontation, encounter, showdown, face-off(verb)

    a hostile disagreement face-to-face

    Synonyms:
    showdown, meeting, encounter, face-off, confrontation, brush, skirmish, opposition, clash, coming upon

  5. meet, run into, encounter, run across, come across, see(verb)

    come together

    Synonyms:
    ensure, project, hit, interpret, examine, look, experience, get word, visualise, take on, come upon, fit, assure, image, fancy, run across, go steady, fulfill, learn, fill, receive, run into, discover, light upon, escort, fall upon, contact, pick up, cope with, visit, collide with, reckon, consider, happen, suffer, come across, regard, get a line, get wind, chance on, figure, take care, match, converge, gather, control, ascertain, come over, attend, date, realize, check, meet, go out, witness, attain, strike, chance, catch, forgather, construe, find out, foregather, see, jar against, satisfy, visualize, picture, fulfil, bump into, find, conform to, knock against, go through, take in, view, chance upon, assemble, see to it, butt against, insure, bump, hear, impinge on, envision, happen upon, determine, play, encounter, watch, resonate, touch, understand, get together, realise, adjoin

  6. find, happen, chance, bump, encounter(verb)

    come upon, as if by accident; meet with

    Synonyms:
    line up, detect, recover, kick downstairs, find oneself, befall, take chances, get, get hold, run across, gamble, demote, fall out, find, pass off, retrieve, hazard, knock, rule, notice, meet, chance, determine, see, find out, come about, come up, play, take a chance, encounter, materialize, happen, go on, receive, feel, occur, risk, pass, incur, take place, come across, bechance, observe, run into, adventure, witness, dislodge, run a risk, ascertain, relegate, bump, take on, hap, break, regain, obtain, materialise, discover

  7. run into, encounter(verb)

    be beset by

    Synonyms:
    encounter, happen, jar against, chance, bump, play, strike, take on, run into, come across, meet, knock against, impinge on, receive, collide with, hit, butt against, find, bump into, run across, see

  8. meet, encounter, receive(verb)

    experience as a reaction

    Synonyms:
    conform to, touch, take in, experience, invite, get, gather, fulfil, fulfill, adjoin, find, match, suffer, have, meet, chance, converge, fit, satisfy, receive, forgather, encounter, get together, happen, run into, cope with, fill, play, run across, incur, come across, pick up, assemble, contact, bump, take on, foregather, obtain, see, welcome

  9. meet, encounter, play, take on(verb)

    contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

    Synonyms:
    conform to, touch, playact, fiddle, bet, spiel, act, take, foregather, gather, fulfill, dally, run, adjoin, find, match, flirt, suffer, acquire, fulfil, diddle, meet, chance, converge, fit, satisfy, receive, act as, toy, assume, forgather, work, encounter, get together, make for, happen, run into, cope with, fill, play, represent, run across, take over, come across, bring, recreate, roleplay, tackle, trifle, undertake, assemble, contact, bump, take on, accept, admit, wreak, see, adopt, wager

Wiktionary

  1. encounter(noun)

    Synonyms:
    brush, skirmish, clash, confrontation

  2. encounter(noun)

    To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly.

    Synonyms:
    clash, confrontation, skirmish, brush

  3. encounter(noun)

    To confront (someone or something), notably face to face.

    Synonyms:
    brush, confrontation, skirmish, clash

  4. encounter(noun)

    To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.

    Synonyms:
    confrontation, brush, clash, skirmish

  5. encounter(noun)

    A match between two opposing sides

    Synonyms:
    brush, skirmish, confrontation, clash

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. encounter(v)

    To attack is to begin hostilities of any kind. A general invades a country by marching in troops; he attacks a city by drawing up an army against it; he assaults it by hurling his troops directly upon its defenses. Assail and assault, tho of the same original etymology, have diverged in meaning, so that assault alone retains the meaning of direct personal violence. One may assail another with reproaches; he assaults him with a blow, a brandished weapon, etc. Armies or squadrons charge; combat and encounter may be said of individual contests. To beset is to set around, or, so to speak, to stud one's path, with menaces, attacks, or persuasions. To besiege and beleaguer are the acts of armies. To encounter is to meet face to face, and may be said either of the attacking or of the resisting force or person, or of both.

    Synonyms:
    assail, assault, attack, attack, beleaguer, beset, besiege, charge, combat, fall upon, invade, set upon, storm

    Antonyms:
    aid, befriend, cover, defend, protect, resist, shelter, shield, support, sustain, uphold, withstand

    Preposition:
    We were attacked by the enemy with cannon and musketry.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. encounter(n.)

    Synonyms:
    meeting, rencounter, clash, collision

  2. encounter(n.)

    Synonyms:
    attack, onset, assault

  3. encounter(n.)

    Synonyms:
    conflict, combat, fight, contest, battle, engagement, action, skirmish, brush, affair

  4. encounter(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    meet (suddenly), meet face to face

  5. encounter(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    confront, face

  6. encounter(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    meet with, fall upon, come upon

  7. encounter(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    attack, engage with, contend against, join battle with, cope with, compete with, struggle with, strive with, fight with

  8. encounter(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    clash, skirmish, rencounter, fight, come into collision

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

face, meet, confrontation, meeting, encountered, encuentro, rencontre


Translations for encounter

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • لاقى, صادفArabic
  • сустрэчаBelarusian
  • случайна среща, среща, [[срещам]] [[случайно]], схватка, сблъсквам се, стълкновение, излизам насреща наBulgarian
  • objevit, narazit, setkání, potkatCzech
  • Begegnung, treffen, begegnenGerman
  • renkontoEsperanto
  • encuentroSpanish
  • برخوردPersian
  • kohdata, yhteenotto, kohtaaminen, ottaa yhteenFinnish
  • rencontre, rencontrerFrench
  • coinneachadhScottish Gaelic
  • belebotlik, összecsapás, összetalálkozik, találkozás, összetűzésbe keveredikHungarian
  • pertemuanIndonesian
  • 出会う, 遭う, 出会い, 遭遇Japanese
  • nanciscorLatin
  • средбаMacedonian
  • confrontatie, ontmoeten, treffen, confronteren, botsingDutch
  • spotkaniePolish
  • confronto, confrontar, [[deparar-se]] [[com]], encontrar, [[encontro]] [[inesperado]]Portuguese
  • întâlniRomanian
  • [[случайный, наталкиваться, [[иметь]] [[столкновение]], встреча, встретить, схватка, столкновение, сталкиваться, стычка, встретиться, столкнуться, бойRussian
  • сусрет, susretSerbo-Croatian
  • stretnutieSlovak
  • srečanjeSlovene
  • stöta på, möta, anträffaSwedish
  • พบThai
  • зустрічUkrainian

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