1. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief: a chance encounter in the park. 2. A hostile or adversarial confrontation: a tense naval encounter. v. en·coun·tered, en·coun·ter·ing, en·coun·ters 1. To meet, especially unexpectedly; come upon: encountered an old friend on the street. 2. To confront in battle or competition: encountered last year's champion. 3. To experience or undergo: We have encountered numerous obstacles. v.intr. To meet, especially unexpectedly.
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# a meeting a special one that is unplanned ,unexpected  or brief.
 # a hostile or adversarial confrontation .
 # to confront in competition or a battle.
 # to experience or undergo
 # to meet especially unexpectedly.
 # come together.
 # a minor short term fight .
 # a casual meeting with a person or thing.
 # a hostile disagreement face to face 
 # come together

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