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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web President Biden will meet Wednesday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to confront growing concern about a global shortage of semiconductors that is hobbling automakers and other manufacturers and has led to production cutbacks. Washington Post, "Growing computer chip shortage alarms Biden and Congress," 23 Feb. 2021 The bill, which awaits the Governor’s signature, is the latest financial measure aiming to confront anti-Asian sentiment. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, "California and Bay Area funding pour in to document anti-Asian sentiment, hate crime," 23 Feb. 2021 At other moments of epic loss, like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans have pulled together to confront crisis and console survivors. Adam Geller, chicagotribune.com, "US death toll from COVID-19 at the brink of half a million lives — a milestone that does not come close to capturing the heartbreak," 22 Feb. 2021 Adeyemo will also advocate for working with allies to confront threats to both economic and national security. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, "Deputy treasury secretary nominee to focus on national security in confirmation hearing," 22 Feb. 2021 At other moments of epic loss, like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans have pulled together to confront crisis and console survivors. Adam Geller, BostonGlobe.com, "US COVID-19 deaths at brink of 500,000, confirming virus’ tragic reach," 22 Feb. 2021 The storm’s aftermath loomed as one more miserable obstacle to confront after Ms. Gaitan contracted the coronavirus and stopped working last year as her stress and anxiety spiraled. New York Times, "‘Like We’re Being Cursed’: First Covid and Now Waterlogged Homes," 22 Feb. 2021 The Pittsburgh Steelers got rid of offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, are trying to get another year out of almost 39-year-old Ben Roethlisberger and have some salary cap decisions to confront. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Are we sure the Cleveland Browns aren’t the third-best team in the NFL? Doug Lesmerises," 31 Jan. 2021 So many lives lost to a foe that his predecessor lacked the interest and courage to seriously confront. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Vaccine eligibility expansion, high school sports and masking, the Biden presidency," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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“Confront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confront. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for confront

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 confront (audio) \ noun

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