confront

verb
con·front | \ kən-ˈfrənt \
confronted; confronting; confronts

Definition of confront 

transitive verb

1 : to face especially in challenge : oppose confront an enemy The mayor was confronted by a group of protesters.

2a : to cause to meet : bring face-to-face confront a reader with statistics confronted her with the evidence

b : to meet face-to-face : encounter confronted the possibility of failure

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Other words from confront

confrontal \kən-ˈfrən-tᵊl \ noun
confronter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for confront

Synonyms

beard, brave, brazen, breast, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms

dodge, duck, funk, shirk, sidestep

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Examples of confront in a Sentence

They confronted the invaders at the shore. She confronted him about his smoking. The country is reluctant to confront its violent past. The photographs confront the viewer with images of desperate poverty. I confronted her with the evidence.
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As the global business community watches the clock, China is moving to pin the fallout on Trump, framing the United States as a bully the Asian nation is forced to confront. Danielle Paquette, Emily Rauhala, Anchorage Daily News, "Trade war set to escalate as Fed warns of economic hit," 6 July 2018 The journey to her fictional home also forces Camille to confront the corrosive effects of her psychologically abusive relationship with her mother, Adora, played by Patricia Clarkson. Yvonne Villareal, kansascity, "Amy Adams is just what KC's Gillian Flynn needed to bring 'Sharp Objects' to life," 3 July 2018 In a very broad sense, the single biggest challenge our leaders must confront to secure a better future for North Carolina is developing trust! charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 But by stretching enforcement to cruel and unsustainable levels, the Trump administration has forced liberals to confront their own dubious role in the never-ending battle over who gets to stay in America. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Draconian Immigration Policies Highlight Obama’s Missteps," 20 June 2018 White feminists still have not confronted the 53 percent of their population who supported Trump. Michael Harriot, The Root, "White People Are Cowards," 19 June 2018 And an inspector would not confront patrons if there had been any sanitation issues at the pool, a spokeswoman said. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "A black woman was at the pool on vacation. A white man asked whether she showered before swimming.," 15 June 2018 An inspector wouldn't confront patrons if there had been any sanitation issues at the pool either, the spokeswoman said. Eli Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, "A black woman was at a California pool on vacation. Then, a man insisted she shower before swimming.," 15 June 2018 In a way that most popular culture sort of doesn’t confront you these days. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen on Recode Media," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of confront

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confront

Middle French confronter to border on, confront, from Medieval Latin confrontare to bound, from Latin com- + front-, frons forehead, front

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confront

verb

English Language Learners Definition of confront

: to oppose or challenge (someone) especially in a direct and forceful way

: to directly question the action or authority of (someone)

: to deal with (something, such as a problem or danger); especially : to deal with (something) in an honest and direct way

confront

verb
con·front | \ kən-ˈfrənt \
confronted; confronting

Kids Definition of confront

1 : to face especially in challenge : oppose confront an enemy

2 : to cause to face or meet His lawyer confronted us with the evidence.

Other words from confront

confrontation \ˌkän-frən-ˈtā-shən \ noun

confront

transitive verb
con·front | \ kən-ˈfrənt \

Legal Definition of confront 

: to face or bring face-to-face for the purpose of challenging especially through cross-examination the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against himU.S. Constitution amend. VI

Other words from confront

confrontation \ˌkän-frən-ˈtā-shən \ noun

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