verb (used with object), met·ed, met·ing.

  1. to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out): to mete out punishment.
  2. Archaic. to measure.

verb (tr)

  1. (usually foll by out) formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)

verb, noun

  1. poetic, dialect (to) measure


  1. rare a mark, limit, or boundary (esp in the phrase metes and bounds)

v.“to allot,” Old English metan “to measure, mete out; compare, estimate” (class V strong verb; past tense mæt, past participle meten), from Proto-Germanic *metanan (cf. Old Saxon metan, Old Frisian, Old Norse meta, Dutch meten, Old High German mezzan, German messen, Gothic mitan “to measure”), from PIE *med- “to take appropriate measures” (see medical). Used now only with out. Related: Meted; meting. n.“boundary,” now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from Old French mete “limit, bounds, frontier,” from Latin meta “goal, boundary, post, pillar.”

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