23 Ways to Use the Verb “Meet”

In order to learn the language properly, we need to know expressions such as collocations, phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, etc. Here is a great chance for you to improve and enrich your vocabulary by learning how to use the verb “meet”.

Basically, to meet someone means to come together with them.

For example:
Susan is meeting Fren on Saturday to discuss their project.
The board of directors meets every Monday.

Collocations with the verb “meet”

You can meet someone you know or perhaps don’t know, so you can say that you meet them for the first time.
For example:
I first met my husband at the airport when we were going on holiday.
Frank and I first met when we were children.

The verb meet builds many expressions, so you can say that you met someone by chance, which means that you met accidentally.

You can also arrange to meet someone, which means that you scheduled an appointment.
For example:
I arranged to meet my client at noon.

It is quite common in English to say “Nice to meet you, or “Pleased to meet you” after we met someone for the first time. We can also say that we’re “looking forward to meeting someone”, usually in a formal way.

You can also wait for someone at a place and say: “I’ll meet you at the railway station at 7”,
or experience something and say: “I’ve never met that sort of problem before.”

You don’t have to meet people only. You can meet a requirement, condition, a challenge, etc.
Ex: The hotel we stayed in didn’t meet our requirements.

And finally, you can meet someone’s eyes, as well.
Ex: When he turned, Alan met Dorothy’s eyes.

Phrasal verbs with “meet”

You can also use the phrasal verb meet up instead of meet. Their meaning is the same.
Ex: Why don’t we meet up after work for a coffee?
My family used to meet up for lunch on Sundays.

Meet up with is similar. It usually means to meet someone after making an arrangement.
Ex: She met up with her sister last night.

Expressions and idioms with “meet”

Meet a deadline – finish work at the previously agreed time.
Ex: All department was under stress, but we managed to meet a deadline.

Meet the needs – provide what is necessary.
Ex: We’re working to meet the needs of our customers in 2021.

Meet someone’s expectations – to be as good as people think someone or something should be.
Ex: The computers we bought from that company didn’t meet our expectations.

Meet someone halfway – to make a compromise.
Ex: Their competitor is ready to meet them halfway by splitting the difference.

Meet someone’s end – to die.
Ex: Don’t drive so fast! I don’t want to meet my end!

Make ends meet – to have only enough money for basics.
Ex: Ever since my wife lost her job we’ve been struggling to make ends meet.

There’s more to it than meets the eye – things are more complicated than they seemed at first.
Ex: My job is so complicated. There is much more to it than meets the eye.


I wish you are more familiar with these expressions after reading this post and that you will easily incorporate them into your English. 🙂

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