verb (used with object)

  1. to address with some form of salutation; welcome.
  2. to meet or receive: to be greeted by cheering crowds; to greet a proposal with boos and hisses.
  3. to manifest itself to: Music greeted his ear as he entered the salon.

verb (used without object)

  1. Obsolete. to give salutations on meeting.

verb (used without object)

  1. to grieve; lament; cry.

verb (used with object)

  1. to lament; bewail.

verb (tr)

  1. to meet or receive with expressions of gladness or welcome
  2. to send a message of friendship to
  3. to receive in a specified mannerher remarks were greeted by silence
  4. to become apparent tothe smell of bread greeted him


  1. (intr) to weep; lament


  1. weeping; lamentation

Old English gretan “to come in contact with” (in sense of “attack, accost” as well as “salute, welcome,” and “touch, take hold of, handle”), from West Germanic *grotjan (cf. Old Saxon grotian, Old Frisian greta, Dutch groeten, Old High German gruozen, German grüßen “to salute, greet”), perhaps originally “to resound” (via notion of “cause to speak”), causative of Proto-Germanic *grætanan, root of Old English grætan (Anglian gretan) “weep, bewail,” from PIE *gher- “to call out.” Greet still can mean “cry, weep” in Scottish & northern England dialect, though this might be from a different root. Grætan is probably also the source of the second element in regret. Related: Greeted; greeting.

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