The meaning of "see" and "meet" in the dictionary seem alike.

to see [transitive] to have an arranged meeting with someone

to meet [intransitive, transitive] to go to a place where someone will be at a particular time, according to an arrangement, so that you can talk or do something together

I think we can say:

-"I am seeing a doctor about my leg tomorrow"

-"I am seeing a client for our contract tomorrow"

-"I am meeting a client for our contract tomorrow".

But I am not sure if we say "I am meeting a doctor for my leg tomorrow"

Can we say "I am meeting a doctor for my leg tomorrow"?

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    'Meeting a doctor' as a patient would sound odd to a native speaker. We see a doctor about something medical. May 24, 2023 at 11:18
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    "Meet" involves more of a 2-way exchange; two doctors might meet to discuss someone else's leg, but if you're going for medical advice/treatment, "see" is the usual verb in casual speech (or just "going to a doctor"). You might "consult" a doctor if you were writing something very formal and wanted to pretend you were learned.
    – Stuart F
    May 24, 2023 at 13:42
  • @StuartF: Your comment covers pretty much everything on this perfectly valid question, so I think you should post it up as an answer. May 24, 2023 at 17:41
  • I'm unsure why you think that the three example sentences are correct but have questions about the other sentence. Why do you think that there's a difference? May 24, 2023 at 23:28

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To "see" a doctor/client/etc. is an idiomatic expression which means to visit with that person about the normal things you'd meet with them for. In the case of a doctor, it means about a medical problem. In the case of a client, it means to discuss business. In the case of an insurance adjuster, for instance, it would probably be about an insurance claim.

To "meet" a doctor/client/etc. has no idiomatic meaning that extends beyond the normal dictionary meaning of "meet". You may meet with your client and discuss business, or you may just go for a beer.

Further, people tend to only have one doctor, so if you say you're going to "meet a doctor", it sounds like some random person who happens to be a doctor, so probably not for medical reasons. If you say, "meet my doctor", it means your own doctor, so probably for medical reasons.

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