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

Synonyms & Antonyms for confront


beard, brave, brazen, breast, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface


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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Police say the employees didn’t confront the thieves but immediately contacted the police department. Fox News, "'Flash mob' stole $30G worth of merchandise at North Face store in Wisconsin, police say," 6 July 2019 That’s the question that so many women artists with children confront — artists of all disciplines — and that fathers rarely do. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "‘Wild Rose’ is the rare film that tells the truth about what it means to be a female artist," 4 July 2019 The criticism has included assertions that the country has not fully confronted its own past. Washington Post, "Italian flag carrier Alitalia apologizes for blackface ‘Obama’ video," 3 July 2019 The email offered no explanation, but the administration was confronting weeks or months of additional legal challenges to the question. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump administration drops effort to add citizenship question to 2020 Census," 2 July 2019 But the scene in which Elizabeth confronts her son with the videotape is deftly pulled off, revealing not simply his facility for lying and skirting consequences but his complete absence of a moral conscience. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: Kavanaugh hearings lend a new lens for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ‘Good Boys’," 1 July 2019 That’s the question that so many women artists with children confront – artists of all disciplines – and that fathers rarely do. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Wild Rose’ takes an unvarnished look at female artists," 28 June 2019 The story centers around the four March sisters who confront growing pains, financial woes, tragedies and romantic rivalries. Alexia Fernandez,, "Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet Reunite in First Photos of Little Women," 19 June 2019 The latter prompts particular concern from Madeline, who confronts Bonnie at her home late one night. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Meryl Streep was a scream in the 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 premiere," 10 June 2019

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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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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


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 confrontation (audio) \ noun

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