Pronunciation: (en-koun'tur),[key] —v.t. 1. to come upon or meet with, esp. unexpectedly: to encounter a new situation. 2. to meet with or contend against (difficulties, opposition, etc.): We encounter so many problems in our work. 3. to meet (a person, military force, etc.) in conflict: We will encounter the enemy at dawn.
—v.i. to meet, esp. unexpectedly or in conflict: We were angry when we encountered, but we parted with smiles.
—n. 1. a meeting with a person or thing, esp. a casual, unexpected, or brief meeting: Our running into each other was merely a chance encounter. 2. a meeting of persons or groups that are in conflict or opposition; combat; battle: Another such encounter and we may lose the war. 3. Psychol.a meeting of two or more people, as the members of an encounter group or a number of married couples (marriage encounter), conducted to promote direct emotional confrontations among the participants, esp. as a form of therapy (encoun'ter ther"apy).