Collocations With The Word Meet

Collocations are words that usually go together in English.

Here we are going to look at words that go with the word 'meet' to make useful and popular expressions you will hear in social and professional contexts.

Meet head-on

If you 'meet something head-on', you confront or deal with it directly or in a straightforward manner.


  • We can't afford to ignore this problem and hope it just goes away. We need to meet it head-on.
  • Rather than meeting them head-on, Helen chooses to avoid dealing with her issues.
  • Managing this project is a daunting challenge, but one I intend to meet head-on.

Meet (up) with (somebody)

When you 'meet up with somebody', you spend time in their presence or company, usually in a social context. 


  • I was hoping to meet with Matthew today to discuss the latest sales report.
  • Tom was in town last night, so I met up with him for a few drinks.
  • It was great meeting up with you for coffee this morning. Perhaps we can do it again some time.

Arrange to meet

If you 'arrange to meet' someone, you organize or make plans to spend time with them.


  • arranged to meet Kate at the coffee shop this morning, but she never showed up.
  • Arranging to meet the client has proved difficult so far, because she isn't good at returning calls.
  • I don't like negotiating a deal on the phone. How about we arrange to meet somewhere so we can discuss things in person?

Chance meeting/happen to meet

When you have a 'chance meeting', or 'happen to meet' somebody, you unexpectedly encounter or run into them somewhere.


  • Jane landed a job at the company after a chance meeting with an executive at an art gallery.
  • If you happen to meet Alice later, please tell her to give me a call.
  • I had no idea that Gary was going to be there. It was just a chance meeting.

Meet a standard

To 'meet a standard' means to achieve a certain level of quality or performance.  


  • You are simply not meeting the standard we require here, so I am going to have to let you go.
  • Staff uniforms are inspected every day to ensure that they meet a certain standard.
  • Only a few of the essays submitted by the students met the expected standard.

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