May 22, 2016
- mete (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to distribute in a fair or proper manner
- How do you use it?
- Once everybody in the neighborhood had agreed that the vacant lot should be made into a playground, sections were meted out to each family to clean.
- Are you a word wiz?
Fair is fair, and only one answer below can be right. Which of the sentences here uses the word "mete" correctly?We'll mete out congratulations to all who picked B, the sentence that uses "mete" correctly! Sentences A and D both call for "meet," and in Sentence C the proper word is "meat." "Mete" is a word with a very different meaning from "meet" and "meat," but all three words come from Old English. Still another word spelled "mete" means "boundary," and is often used in descriptions of land in the phrase "metes and bounds." This "mete" comes via French from the Latin word "meta," meaning "boundary."