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 for encounter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Encounter \En*coun"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encountered; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Encountering.] [OF. encontrer; pref. en- (L.
     in) + contre against, L. contra. See Counter, adv.]
     To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by
     chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in
     opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict
     with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend
     in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter
     obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a
     truth.
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           Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the
           Stoics, encountered him.                 --Acts xvii.
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           I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you.
                                                    --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Encounter \En*coun"ter\, v. i.
     To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as
     enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies
     encountered at Waterloo.
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           I will encounter with Andronicus.        --Shak.
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           Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation
           of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with
           particulars.                             --Tatham.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Encounter \En*coun"ter\, n. [OF. encontre, fr. encontrer. See
     Encounter, v. t.]
     1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or
        incidental meeting; an interview.
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              To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd. --Pope.
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     2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a
        battle; as, a bloody encounter.
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              As one for . . . fierce encounters fit. --Spenser.
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              To join their dark encounter in mid-air. --Milton
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     Syn: Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter;
          attack; engagement; onset. See Contest.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  encounter
      n 1: a minor short-term fight [syn: brush, clash,
           encounter, skirmish]
      2: a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their
         meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the
         hallway" [syn: meeting, encounter]
      3: a casual meeting with a person or thing [syn: encounter,
         coming upon]
      4: a hostile disagreement face-to-face [syn: confrontation,
         encounter, showdown, face-off]
      v 1: come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How
           nice to see you again!" [syn: meet, run into,
           encounter, run across, come across, see]
      2: come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea
         in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not
         very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in
         the bookstore the other day" [syn: find, happen,
         chance, bump, encounter]
      3: be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial
         difficulties" [syn: run into, encounter]
      4: experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much
         opposition" [syn: meet, encounter, receive]
      5: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle;
         "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play
         Mary" [syn: meet, encounter, play, take on]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  210 Moby Thesaurus words for "encounter":
     Olympic games, Olympics, accost, action, advance, affront,
     alight upon, altercation, approach, appropinquate, approximate,
     appulse, argument, assail, bang, bang into, battle, be exposed to,
     be subjected to, bear down on, bear down upon, bear up,
     blunder upon, bout, brave, breast, bring before, bring forward,
     bring to bay, bring up, brunt, brush, bulldozing, bulling, bump,
     bump into, cannon, carambole, carom, carom into, challenge,
     chance upon, clash, clash with, close, close in, close with,
     collide, collision, collision course, come, come across,
     come among, come closer, come forward, come into collision,
     come near, come on, come up, come up against, come upon,
     competition, concours, concuss, concussion, conflict, confront,
     confront each other, confront with, confrontation, contend with,
     contention, contest, crack up, crack-up, crash, crash into,
     cross swords with, crump, crunch, dare, dash into, defy, derby,
     disagreement, discover serendipitously, dispute, draw near,
     draw nigh, duel, endure, engage, engagement, envisage, experience,
     face, face with, fall across, fall among, fall foul of,
     fall in with, fall upon, feel, fight, fight hand-to-hand, foul,
     fray, front, gain upon, game, games, go, go through, grapple with,
     gymkhana, hammering, happen upon, have, hit, hit against, hit upon,
     hurt, hurtle, impact, impinge, impingement, join, joining, joust,
     knock, knock against, know, labor under, lay before, light upon,
     match, matching, mauling, meet, meet head-on, meet squarely,
     meet up with, meet with, meeting, narrow squeak, narrow the gap,
     near, near thing, near-miss, onslaught, pass through, pay, percuss,
     percussion, pitch upon, place before, present to, proximate,
     put it to, quarrel, rally, ramming, rencontre, run, run across,
     run into, run smack into, run up against, run upon, run-in, scrap,
     set before, set-to, shock, sideswipe, sidle up to, skirmish,
     slam into, sledgehammering, smack into, smash, smash into,
     smash up, smash-up, smashing, spend, stand under, stem, step up,
     strike, strike against, struggle, stumble on, stumble upon, suffer,
     sustain, take on, taste, test, thrusting, tilt, tournament,
     tourney, trial, tumble on, turn up, undergo, war, whomp,
     wrestle with
  
  

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