Definition of confront
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 evidenceb : to meet face-to-face : encounter confronted the possibility of failure
confrontalplay \kən-ˈfrən-təl\ 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 of confront from the Web
Inflation remains the main problem confronting the ECB.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright established the office in 1997, creating the post of ambassador at large for war crimes to elevate the importance of confronting mass murder in U.S. foreign policy.
The only thing harder than confronting this is to run away from her question — which in my mind is a question that literally applies to every human being on the planet.
Sheriff’s officials said the man confronted employees in the Home Depot parking lot shortly after being questioned inside the store by other workers about a possible shoplifting incident.
Another problem governors are confronting is that federal matching funds for states that accepted Obamacare's Medicaid expansion are set to automatically wind down from 95 percent in 2017 to 90 percent in 2020.
Our citizens are confronted by yet another danger — one firmly within our control.
While her partner radioed for assistance, other officers confronted the suspect, who was running, one block away.
If our species survives long enough, humans will confront a similar rock of doom.
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Origin and Etymology of confront
Middle French confronter to border on, confront, from Medieval Latin confrontare to bound, from Latin com- + front-, frons forehead, front
First Known Use: circa 1568See Words from the same year
CONFRONT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confront for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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 him — U.S. Constitution amend. VI
confrontation\ˌkän-frən-ˈtā-shən\ play noun
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