How to Say “Meeting” Or “Where Have You Met?”
What is the purpose of a meeting? Meetings are defined as to come together face-to-face, be present when something or somebody arrives, or to simply be introduced. An excellent example of meet brings to mind the scene in Groundhog Day where Murray Balch comes face-to-face with Zero (his dead friend). In any case, a group of people meet to do some kind of business or to do whatever it is they have to do. Some meetings last longer than others, while others are short affairs.
A good example of the longer meeting is a presentation, which often takes place over lunch. The speaker makes a presentation of some research or argument and invites others to ask questions or agree with his/her point of view. He/She then goes on to discuss his/her point of view and asks for feedback. This meeting typically does not last longer than a half-hour, though some will go much longer. However, in the end, the speaker must answer questions and conclude, thus meet again.
Likewise, some shorter but important meetings may be held in a classroom or inside an office building. These meetings, too, may last anywhere from thirty minutes to half-an-hour, though some will stretch to longer. In general, the length of meet has little to do with the goal of completing the task or meeting, but is more related to whether the meet took place in the right place, with the right people, or with the right time of day. So, the following examples should help give some examples of the longer usage of the verb meet.
As the etymology of the verb indicates, meet means to meet face to face. Thus, a business meeting might be called to meet, meetings, or meetings. A school or community meeting might also be called to meet. But other than the direct meaning, the verb meet means to meet. Therefore, one might say meet up, meet together, meet in a group, or meet as a group. There are no real exceptions to this rule.
The etymology of met means to meet, as in metherer, metrical, or metial. Therefore, one might say, meet here, met here, or meet here, among other phrases. Also, met denotes direction, as in meteredirection, or metering. Thus, one might say, meet on the left, met over there, or meet at your left.
Some other uses of the verb meet for longer duration or in more detail, is to refer to meeting more than two people at one time, as in a committee or meeting, and others. You might meet once or twice in a year to do some project coordination. Therefore, you would say, meet once this month, meet twice next month, meet three times this year, etc. In short, the word meet means to meet, in the context of more than one person at a time. So meet, or, meet here, met here, etc., is used to refer to meeting more than two people at once.