transitive verb Etymology: Middle French rencontrer to meet by chance or in hostility, from re- + encontrer to encounter Date: 1549 archaic to meet casually

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  • Rencounter — Ren*coun ter, n. [F. rencontre, from renconter to meet.] 1. A meeting of two persons or bodies; a collision; especially, a meeting in opposition or contest; a combat, action, or engagement. [1913 Webster] The justling chiefs in rude rencounter… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rencounter — Ren*coun ter (r?n koun t?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rencountered} ( t?rd); p. pr. & vb/ n. {Rencountering}.] [F. rencontrer; pref. re + OF. encontrer to encounter. See {Encounter}.] 1. To meet unexpectedly; to encounter. [1913 Webster] 2. To attack …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rencounter — Ren*coun ter, v. i. To meet unexpectedly; to encounter in a hostile manner; to come in collision; to skirmish. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rencounter — index conflict, confrontation (act of setting face to face), confrontation (altercation), fight (battle), struggle Burton s Legal Th …   Law dictionary

  • rencounter — [ren kount′ər] vt., vi. [Fr rencontrer: see RE & ENCOUNTER] Rare 1. to meet in or as in battle 2. to meet casually n. 1. a hostile meeting; conflict or contest, as a battle or debate 2. a casual meeting, as with a friend …   English World dictionary

  • rencounter — 1. verb /rɛnˈkaʊntə/ To meet, encounter, come into contact with. 2. noun /rɛnˈkaʊntə/ a) An encounter between opposing forces; a conflict. , 1819: The Prior at length [...] rode off with considerably less pomp, and in a much more apostolical… …   Wiktionary

  • rencounter — /ren kown teuhr/, n. Also, rencontre. 1. a hostile meeting; battle. 2. a contest of any kind. 3. a casual meeting. v.t., v.i. 4. to encounter casually. 5. Obs. to meet hostilely. [1495 1505; < MF rencontrer. See RE , ENCOUNTER] * * * …   Universalium

  • rencounter — ren kaÊŠntÉ™(r) n. battle, fight; contest, competition; chance encounter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rencounter — [rɛn kaʊntə] archaic noun 1》 a chance meeting. 2》 a battle, skirmish, or duel. verb meet by chance. Origin C16: from Fr. rencontre (n.), rencontrer meet face to face …   English new terms dictionary

  • rencounter — I. n. 1. Clash, shock, collision. 2. Encounter, conflict, combat, fight, battle, engagement, action, skirmish, brush, affair. 3. Meeting. II. v. n. Encounter, clash, skirmish, fight, come into collision …   New dictionary of synonyms

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