confront

verb
con·​front | \ kən-ˈfrənt How to pronounce confront (audio) \
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 How to pronounce confrontal (audio) \ 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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That decision has produced two squadrons of F-16s that can confront the Russian threat better than the older, Soviet planes that make up the bulk of the Polish air force. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "It Looks Like A U.S. Air Base Is Coming To Poland," 13 Mar. 2019 Us Weekly reports that Khloé found out about the rumors on Monday and confronted her man, who admitted they were true. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tristan Thompson and Jordyn Woods Cheating Allegations, Explained," 22 Feb. 2019 In 2018, some major walkouts took place to confront gun violence. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018 Every day in my work I am confronted with the detailed realities that hide behind statistics. Cari Romm, The Cut, "5 Books to Read If You’re Getting Married," 28 June 2018 Voters will soon confront far more than yearbooks or distressing stories from drunken nights. WSJ, "Dissecting the College Scandal," 12 Feb. 2019 Brad and Amy eventually confront Project NOAH's head scientists and are brought face-to-face with what's really going on within the walls of the medical facility (*cough* vampires). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch ‘The Passage,’ the New Fox Show Everyone’s Talking About," 21 Jan. 2019 That same night, 30 students and parents confronted the APS Board about the incident, many calling for the teacher’s firing. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 This event is confronting us with what the future could look like. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Remote Hawaiian Island Disappeared Completely Following a Hurricane," 24 Oct. 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 How to pronounce confront (audio) \
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 How to pronounce confront (audio) \

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 How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \ noun

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