meet sb vs meet with sb

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angelene001

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Do "meet sb" and "meet with sb" have the same meaning in the following context:
I'm going to meet my best friend Tom in the evening.
I'm going to meet with my best friend Tom in the evening.


I know that "meet sb" is a British version and "meet with sb" is an American version. But does it apply to the above context?
 

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This context is strangge. If I was describing the itinerary of a holiday, I might say 'On the second day,I'm going to meet my best friend Tom in the evening'. But if I was talking to someone at work about what I'd be doing when I went home, I'd say 'I'm going to meet my best friend Tom this evening'.

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riquecohen

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In more formal situations you "meet with" somebody to discuss particular issues.
"The supervisor will meet with staff to present the new guidelines for sick leave."
"President Obama will meet with the Prime Minister of ____ to discuss issues of mutual concern,"
 
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