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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Sanders said the mother confronted Breeden over text messages, and Breeden attempted to convince the woman not to turn him in. Cameron Knight,, "Northern Kentucky man gets life sentence for child sex abuse," 5 June 2019 But one month later, the lawsuit says, supervisors confronted her — with no prior warning — saying city rules limit an employee’s tenure as a recruit to one year maximum. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego paying out $240,000 to female police recruit," 3 June 2019 The solar eclipse on the 13th will bring both positive and negative aspects of our lives to light, so prepare to confront hard truths and celebrate unexpected wins, as either or both could await you mid-month., "Your July Horoscope, Revealed," 1 July 2018 Many challenges to the legislation have been confronted and today's vote continues to indicate the tremendous support the bill enjoys from every segment of the music industry, digital community, broadcasters and others. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Music Modernization Act Sails Through Senate Judiciary Committee; Industry Reacts," 28 June 2018 The states’ Democratic governors and legislative leaders support legalization but confronted differences even within their own party. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Pot ‘legalization 2.0’: Social equity becomes a key question," 20 May 2019 At the end of the episode, Danny and Baez confronted the duo with evidence that Steve killed Jessica, and Seth covered up the crime. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Seriously Shocked Fans With an Intense Twist Ending to This Episode," 6 May 2019 She subsequently was indicted, and prosecutors say Carpenter siphoned off millions of dollars from investors between 1997 and 2014, using the money for her extravagant lifestyle and lying to the FBI about it when confronted. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Will Dixon movie studio fraud suspect Carissa Carpenter accept “dirty plea deal?”," 11 July 2018 Video released from the store shows one of the men carrying a case of Corona beer toward the exit, and tossing the case of beer toward a store employee who had come to confront him. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Brothers’ lawsuit against Olympia police officer who shot them can move forward, judge rules," 12 Feb. 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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