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

Other Words from confront

confrontal \ kən-​ˈfrən-​tᵊl How to pronounce confront (audio) \ noun
confronter noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Procrastination, multitasking and distractions are real issues that leaders must confront as the work world transitions back to the office. Max Hansen, Forbes, 24 June 2022 That’s the fate of efforts to confront climate change at the moment. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 June 2022 One dollar of each ticket sale will go to PLUS1, which supports non-profits working to secure social justice, ensure mental health care for all, and confront the climate crisis. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 21 June 2022 While Vicki has helped Megan understand and confront the underlying physical health problem, my own job has been to try to help with spirit and morale. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 June 2022 Then there’s the ick factor, which peecycling supporters confront head on. New York Times, 17 June 2022 Barry shows up and rips a gun out of Cousineau’s hands, resolving to go into the house and confront Jim himself. Selome Hailu, Variety, 15 June 2022 People experiencing homelessness often shelter in vacant properties, an issue firefighters confront regularly in Baltimore, where nearly 40% of the state’s homeless population lives. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 15 June 2022 Jean-Pierre left, but later returned to confront Williams again, ultimately shooting her multiple times, according to police. Henri Hollis, ajc, 10 June 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for confront


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


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 confront (audio) \ noun

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