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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Donald Trump’s administration leverages rules from the Department of Commerce to confront Chinese firms AN OBSCURE PART of the Department of Commerce called the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is not used to grabbing the limelight. The Economist, "Weapon of choice Old export regulations get a new use," 18 Jan. 2020 Rigorous training is necessary in order to confront U.S. adversaries, according to former Army pilot Bradley Bowman, who runs the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Russ Read, Washington Examiner, "Army says 20 soldiers died in training accidents over the past year," 18 Jan. 2020 Two minutes later, Coats and two others ran back to the heritage center to confront Simmons, who had come outside, prosecutors said. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Alleged gang members federally indicted for deadly shootout at SF’s Fillmore Heritage Center," 9 Jan. 2020 But when former Bachelorette star Hannah Brown returned to the franchise to confront her ex Pilot Pete on the Bachelor season premiere, things looked a little different. Karina Hoshikawa,, "5 Waterproof Mascaras We’d Like To Give Hannah Brown After That Brutal Bachelor Premiere," 8 Jan. 2020 Its at two military bases used by U.S. forces in Iraq, however, signaled a shift in strategy — if only temporary — to confront the U.S. directly. Melissa Etehadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The general is dead. The missiles have flown. What next?," 8 Jan. 2020 However, none of Iran’s technology, nor its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is the threat that they have been made out to be, at least to an adversary that actually wants to confront Iran. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "How Will the Iranians Respond?," 4 Jan. 2020 Having to confront our own mortality, questioning our origins through philosophy, religion and science. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale, 46, Just Made Winter Her Bitch in a Smoking Hot Bikini," 30 Nov. 2019 His idea of fun is to confront teen-age girls at a bus stop and sniff their fingers, claiming to smell drugs. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Paris on the Brink in “Les Misérables”," 3 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of confront was circa 1568

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22 Jan 2020

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“Confront.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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


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
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

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confrontation \ ˌkän-​frən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \ noun

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