What does encounter mean?

Looking for the meaning or definition of the word encounter? Here's what it means.

Verb
  1. (transitive) To meet (someone) or find (something) unexpectedly.
  2. (transitive) To confront (someone or something) face to face.
  3. (transitive) To engage in conflict, as with an enemy.
Noun
  1. An unplanned or unexpected meeting.
  2. A hostile meeting; a confrontation or skirmish.
  3. A sudden, often violent clash, as between combatants.
  4. (sports) A match between two opposing sides.
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