greeting

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 /ˈɡriːtɪŋ/


For the verb: "to greet"

Present Participle: greeting

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
greet•ing /ˈgritɪŋ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. an act or words of welcoming: [uncountable]lifted her hand in greeting.[countable]We didn't get a very friendly greeting.
  2. greetings, [plural] an expression of friendly or respectful regard:sending our greetings.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
greet•ing  (grēting),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act or words of a person who greets.
  2. a friendly message from someone who is absent:a greeting from a friend in another country.
  3. greetings, an expression of friendly or respectful regard:Send my greetings to your family.
greeting•less, adj. 
  • Middle English, Old English gretinge. See greet1, -ing1 bef. 900

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
greet1 /grit/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to speak or act in some form of welcome:greeted us at the door.
  2. to meet or receive:greeted my suggestion with applause.
  3. to make itself noticed to:Music greeted our ears.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
greet1  (grēt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  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.

v.i. 
  1. [Obs.]to give salutations on meeting.
greeter, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English greten, Old English grētan; cognate with German grüssen
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hail, accost.

greet2  (grēt),USA pronunciation [Scot. and North Eng. Archaic.]
v.i. 
  1. Scottish Termsto grieve;
    lament;
    cry.

v.t. 
  1. Scottish Termsto lament;
    bewail.
  • bef. 900; Middle English grete, Old English grǣtan; cognate with Old Norse grāta, Gothic gretan


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

greeting /ˈɡriːtɪŋ/ n
  1. the act or an instance of welcoming or saluting on meeting
  2. (often plural) an expression of friendly salutation
  3. (as modifier): a greetings card



greet /ɡriːt/ vb (transitive)
  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 manner: her remarks were greeted by silence
  4. to become apparent to: the smell of bread greeted him
Etymology: Old English grētan; related to Old High German gruozzen to address
greet /ɡriːt/ Scot vb
  1. (intransitive) to weep; lament
n
  1. weeping; lamentation
Etymology: from Old English grētan, northern dialect variant of grætan; compare Old Norse grāta, Middle High German grazen



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