I know the difference between these verbs, however, I want to know if there are any other words meaning: to approach someone by chance / to stumble upon someone.

I once used confront like this:

I confronted two Japanese fellows today. (I met them by chance)

And my American friend noted that confront (and also accost) are in an aggressive manner; and that I ought to use approach instead.

Are there any other verbs or expressions with the same meaning, except for approach, come across, and bump into?

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    There is also nothing wrong with the word you suggest in the title of your question. I encountered someone is perfectly reasonable. It implies chance without planning. – Jason Bassford May 6 '18 at 17:26

In the US, its fairly common to say "I ran into my friend Joe on the way to the store". It has no negative connotations and indicates a random encounter. See this in Cambridge.

  • Welcome to ELU, please add a source to support your answer. While it's a fairly common expression, it may help future visitors. – JJJ May 6 '18 at 16:51

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