Mete is a verb that means to measure or dole out.
Our word of the day comes from an Old English word that means ‘to allot’ or ‘measure.’ You could think of meting something out as giving each person their allotment. But typically the word refers to giving out punishment or some kind of harsh treatment. For example: When it comes time to sentence the guilty parties, we’re certain that the judge will mete out the punishment fairly. We predict each person will get a year in prison.