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1. To address with salutations or expressions of kind wishes; to salute; to hail; to welcome; to accost with friendship; to pay respects or compliments to, either personally or through the intervention of another, or by writing or token. My lord, the mayor of london comes to greet you. (Shak)

2. To come upon, or meet, as with something that makes the heart glad. In vain the spring my senses greets. (Addison)

3. To accost; to address.

Origin: oe. Greten, as. Gr?tan to address, approach; akin to os. Grtian, LG groten, D. Groeten, OHG. Gruozzen, g. Grussen.