Signs for MEET

"How do you say 'meet' in American Sign Language?" It depends on whether you (most likely) mean to come across someone or to see a group of people, or you mean a sports event involving a lot of athletes or teams competing against each other.

Meaning: To come into the presence of by chance or arrangement.

Pronunciation (sign description): Two "1" hands or index fingers apart in space with palms facing each other converge toward each other till both forefingers meet. Make sure that thumb is closed like a fist.

Usage examples: "nice to meet you" in greeting or introduction, "I'd like to meet you again."

The ASL verb "meet" can be inflected and/or pluralized in several meanings. E.g. MEET-you+ ("meet you two" or "meet both of you"), "love to meet many people", etc.

Related signwords

Buddy is a sociable poodle. He loves to meet everyone of all colors, shapes and sizes. Until the day, he was surprised to bump into a rival, Kibe the cat, who he felt intimidated. He had not been FACE-to-FACE with this foe since last ENCOUNTER when he shot a mellow bark in her face and he got clawed. They exchanged pleasantries and the cat said it was nice RUNNING INTO him. Then instinct kicked in and he barked; the passer-bys quickly dispersed. The cat stood still there, saying "Perhaps we will COME ACROSS down the road, but for now, I have to SCHEDULE a nail sharpener. Till we meet again."

Look for a meeting? Oh, this is the wrong place to meet; come with me to the right MEETING.


Meaning: an organized event at which a number of races or other sporting contests are held. E.g. a swim meet.

Related signs: COMPETITION, TOURNAMENT, CONTEST, GAME, MATCH (sports).

First 100 words.

  1. again
  2. also
  3. ask
  4. because
  5. boy
  6. but
  7. can
  8. come
  9. condone
  10. deaf
  11. different
  12. drink
  13. drive
  14. eat
  15. email
  16. family
  17. feel
  18. few
  19. find
  20. fine
  21. fingerspell
  22. finish
  23. food
  24. for
  25. forget
  26. friend
  27. get
  28. girl
  29. give
  30. go
  31. good
  32. have
  33. he
  34. hearing
  35. hello
  36. help
  37. home
  38. how
  39. Internet
  40. know
  41. later
  42. like (feeling)
  43. little
  44. live
  45. man
  46. many
  47. me
  48. meet
  49. more
  50. my
  51. name
  52. need
  53. new
  54. no
  55. not
  56. now
  57. ok, okay
  58. old
  59. other
  60. please
  61. remember
  62. same
  63. say
  64. school
  65. see
  66. she
  67. should
  68. sign, signed word
  69. slow
  70. some
  71. sorry
  72. store
  73. take
  74. tell
  75. text, sms
  76. thank, thank you
  77. their
  78. they
  79. think
  80. time
  81. tired
  82. try
  83. understand
  84. use
  85. wait
  86. want
  87. what
  88. when
  89. where
  90. which
  91. who
  92. why
  93. will
  94. with
  95. woman
  96. work
  97. write
  98. yes
  99. you
  100. your

As you feel more comfortable with the first few hundreds of ASL signs, progress further with your vocabulary and learn signing more.