To come up against
To meet face-to-face, especially defiantly
To enter into conflict with
A face-to-face, usually hostile meeting
A brief, hostile exposure to or contact with something such as danger or opposition
A coming together
Hostile or violent contact
To meet unexpectedly
To meet in conflict
The encounter had frightened him more than he would admit.
The count remembered the wolf he had let slip and his encounter with Daniel.
Dean was happy to move the subject away from Fitzgerald's evening encounter with Lydia.
In Wagner's harmonic style we encounter the entire problem of modern musical texture.
Quinn will think were requesting something like a séance or spiritual encounter but if we don't humor Howie, he'll be devastated.