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noun as in brief or unexpected meeting

verb as in fight, attack

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A new opinion paper assesses one way in which we might be able to learn from our encounters with smallpox.

Walker’s deputy chief of staff at the time, Jang, said Potts told her just before the encounter that she was expecting to meet with Walker as well as Mallott.

The most touching things were the encounters I would have … when a kid with so much on the line quietly comes out to you while shaking your hand, passes you a note, and you’re just thinking about what that kid might be up against.

From Ozy

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, all Republicans, wore masks in encounters with the president in the last week.

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Several police groups issued a statement ahead of the hearing saying the board would invite “members whose qualifications are inherently based on negative encounters with peace officers.”

Hatuey replied that he would rather burn and be sent to hell than ever again encounter people as cruel as the Spanish.

This is heartfelt music, and after a first encounter you will find yourself coming back for more.

Instead, she says other people she has shared the story with described the sexual encounter as rape.

Outside of that one encounter, however, Moses is pretty meek.

What if healthy sexuality was the framework that young adults used to process every sexual message that they encounter?

All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."

If now we turn to the higher aspects of form, such as symmetry and proportion, we encounter a difficulty.

During his mild régime the insurrection increased rapidly, and in one encounter he himself was very near falling a prisoner.

Following the boys, Baptiste entered by the kitchen door to encounter the mother and three daughters preparing the meal.

Monsieur Quérin saluted and declared himself enchanted at the encounter.

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On this page you'll find 212 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to encounter, such as: interview, meeting, rendezvous, appointment, and concurrence.

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