Part of speech: verb

To come upon; meet face to face or in conflict.

Part of speech: noun

A sudden or hostile meeting; conflict; battle.

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Usage examples "encounter":

  1. In this encounter Redmond for the first time stepped to the front. - "John Redmond's Last Years", Stephen Gwynn.
  2. Howe'er it prove, I pray that ye may ne'er encounter ill. - "The Seven Plays in English Verse", Sophocles.
  3. But we did not encounter each other again. - "Prisoner for Blasphemy", G. W. [George William] Foote.