confront

verb

con·​front kən-ˈfrənt How to pronounce confront (audio)
confronted; confronting; confronts

transitive verb

1
: to face especially in challenge : oppose
confront an enemy
The mayor was confronted by a group of protesters.
2
a
: 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
confrontal noun
confronter noun

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 Now his keepers must confront an issue that vexes doctors: How much intervention is too much? Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 After getting out in the 1800 block of Connecticut Avenue NW, near the Adams Morgan and Kalorama neighborhoods, Myrick accused the rabbi of slamming the vehicle’s door, and got out to confront him. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Donors confronted the same dilemma previously in Bosnia, Darfur, and Sri Lanka. David Adesnik, National Review, 2 Feb. 2024 Zuckerberg apologized first after he was confronted by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley about issues such as the number of girls who were exposed to unwanted nudity on Instagram, which is owned by Meta. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 But visiting Sacramento last week and San Jose earlier this week, she was confronted by protesters of all age groups, religions, and races, calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. Jenavieve Hatch, Sacramento Bee, 1 Feb. 2024 The man in that car gets out, and is confronted by two men in the other car, the video shows. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 When confronted by agents at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, the businessman confirmed much of what Soto and López Nájera had said. Tim Golden, ProPublica, 31 Jan. 2024 That changes when the daughter is literally confronted by death manifested in the form of a talking bird. Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle French confronter to border on, confront, from Medieval Latin confrontare to bound, from Latin com- + front-, frons forehead, front

First Known Use

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of confront was circa 1568

Dictionary Entries Near confront

Cite this Entry

“Confront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confront. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

confront

verb
con·​front kən-ˈfrənt How to pronounce confront (audio)
1
: to face especially in challenge : oppose
confront an enemy
2
: to bring face-to-face : cause to meet
confronted with difficulties
confrontation
ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shən
noun

Legal Definition

confront

transitive verb
con·​front kən-ˈfrənt How to pronounce confront (audio)
: 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
confrontation noun

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