To encounter something is to find it. When you encounter a deer in the forest, you are finding and experiencing something new.

  • He encountered a bear while he was hiking.

  • I encountered a problem when I tried to install the software.

Definition of encountering


To meet (someone) or find (something), especially unexpectedly.


To confront (someone or something) face to face.


To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.


An encounter; a meeting.

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Example Sentences for encountering

  • 1

    I encountered such obduracy.

  • 2

    It is frequently encountered in the west of the state.

  • 3

    It was but one of the harrowing experiences that they encountered.

  • 4

    Miraculously, she survived the encounter.

  • 5

    In the sewers, Hundred encounters an automaton.

  • 6

    The encounter between biochemistry and genetics.

  • 7

    The encounters are brief but uncommonly vivid.

  • 8

    The protagonists encounter them at the gate.

  • 9

    Zombies are encountered in the Spooky chapter.

  • 10

    Cerise and Nightcrawler then encountered the Knight Errant.