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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Recent Examples on the Web

The most vigorous questions came from Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who confronted Pichai over a Washington Post report on conspiracy videos that plague YouTube. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Google still has no answers for YouTube’s biggest problem," 11 Dec. 2018 The president decided to largely avoid London during his trip, perhaps mindful of being confronted or associated with a mass display of public rejection. NBC News, "Trump arrives in Scotland for quiet weekend of golf after tumultuous week on world stage," 14 July 2018 Blessing reported hiding two pistols in the pockets of her robe before confronting her sleeping son, court records show. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Sheriff: MCSO went to 92-year-old woman's home five times before son killed," 5 July 2018 The car owner came out of his house and confronted Ionashku, troopers said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage woman missing in Delta Junction," 4 July 2018 Mink has hardly been alone in openly confronting members of the Trump Administration. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 Now in its fourth and final season, the series is finally making Rebecca confront all that has gone wrong in her life, while also putting her through the song-and-dance paces. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The CW embraces musical comedy in this brilliant gem.," 20 Nov. 2018 But because static noise is unpredictable, the result is that any AI agent confronted with such a TV (or a similarly unpredictable stimulus) becomes mesmerized. James Vincent, The Verge, "How teaching AI to be curious helps machines learn for themselves," 1 Nov. 2018 Similarly, BeeMe promises to confront users with the consequences of their actions. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Halloween This Year, MIT Is Letting the Internet Control a Person," 29 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 \
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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