tr.v. greet·ed, greet·ing, greets
1. To salute or welcome in a friendly and respectful way with speech or writing, as upon meeting or in starting a letter.
2. To receive with a specified reaction: greet a joke with laughter.
3. To be perceived by: A din greeted our ears.
[Middle English greten, from Old English grētan.]
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