Ask the Editor
Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large
"Meet" and "meet with"
Thursday August 13th 2009
"Meet" and "meet with"

Meet means both to encounter someone or something for the first time and to come together in order to talk. Meet with only means the latter when referring to people.


Here are clear examples of meet used alone:


He met his wife at work.

Have we met? You look familiar.

Pleased to meet you.




But in the following cases, meet with is preferred even though meet alone would be possible:


He's coming to Chicago to meet with investors next month.

We are meeting with the architect today to discuss the plans.

Can you meet with us later today?





Meet with can also simply mean encounter:


The volunteers met with prejudice.

Our travel group met with difficulty at the border crossing.

The quartet met with a warm reception from the audience.