encounter-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Meet, run into, compete against

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[experiencer[human]] ENCOUNTER NP2[experiencer[human]]
NOTE: [human] also includes collections made up of humans but does not include other animals or collections of animals.

You'll probably encounter her at the meeting.
Princeton will encounter Yale this weekend.
The fencer was delighted to encounter a water bearer, she was parched.
The president will encounter the Nicaraguan dipolomat.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: encounter.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 5

Sense Number 2: Come upon or experience (as if by chance)

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[experiencer] ENCOUNTER NP2

We encounter this idea in Plato.
She encountered an interesting book in the store yesterday.
The project encountered numerous financial difficulties.
He encountered increasing feelings of dread as the surgery approached.
My proposal encountered much opposition.
In the preserve, tourists will encounter the largest land animal in the world.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Becoming_aware
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4