What does "meet with David" mean in this context? Is it the short form of "Meeting with David"?

I thought the verb "to meet" doesn't require the preposition "with." We use "meet sb," for example: Sue is going to meet David.

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Sue met David typically means that she became acquainted with him, as when someone first introduced them to one another. Sue met with David means that the two came together for a discussion, to transact business, etc. The latter is what conveys the sense of “attended a meeting together.”

On the other hand, something like Sue met David for dinner means that they had agreed to join up and dine together. And saying that she met him in Paris or at the museum is ambiguous; such statements can serve to report either where they became acquainted or where they accomplished an agreed rendezvous-vous.

  • All the entries are reminders to herself to do a certain thing on a certain day. It's the verb, not the noun meeting. Commented Oct 20, 2023 at 16:26
  • Yes, @KateBunting, exactly. In my answer I was merely trying to provide a fuller explanation of the usages of to meet. Commented Oct 20, 2023 at 16:29
  • The comment was intended for the OP, not a criticism of your answer. Commented Oct 20, 2023 at 16:33
  • Possibly worth noting that most British people regard 'meet with' as an Americanism. Commented Oct 20, 2023 at 17:39
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    @MichaelHarvey Looks like the Brits began to avoid "met with" shortly after the US declared independence. books.google.com/ngrams/… Commented Oct 21, 2023 at 11:28

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