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

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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 But these problems pale into insignificance compared with the ones that will confront the Johnson government if, as expected, Joe Biden wins the presidential election on November 3rd. The Economist, "What Joe Biden means for Boris Johnson," 24 Oct. 2020 Trump's claim that Michiganders confront severe restrictions in their daily lives is false. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "President Donald Trump says Michigan is like a prison. It's not.," 23 Oct. 2020 The administration is in the early stages of drafting a plan to help Nigeria confront its security challenges, U.S. officials said. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Young Nigerians Came to Protest Police Brutality. Then the Shooting Started.," 23 Oct. 2020 If Chung must confront roster turnover, at least he's done it before. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "How 'The Last Dance' and three-peat quest may keep San Francisco Shock together for 2021," 14 Oct. 2020 Pence, a former governor from Indiana, shot back that a Joe Biden administration would confront the coronavirus almost identically to the Trump administration: with mass testing, contact tracing and a race toward a vaccine. Hallie Miller,, "Coronavirus in Maryland: 5 takeaways from the week," 9 Oct. 2020 Even as hotels confront the reality of a pandemic that has stifled tourism, San Diego’s most iconic property, the Hotel del Coronado, is not slowing its yearslong, $400 million renovation. Star Tribune, "Delta drops more ticket change restrictions and fees; cruises banned until Oct. 31," 2 Oct. 2020 And these were large, open-air meetings where the individuals who committed these harms would confront the person who survived those tremendous acts of harm and sometimes were the survivors of family members who were killed. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can America move beyond mass incarceration? (audio)," 14 Sep. 2020 He is accused of helping homicide detective James Lloyd confront the contractor and get back money paid for the project. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Baltimore cops charged with kidnapping contractor in patio-renovation dispute," 30 Aug. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Confront.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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
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

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confrontation \ ˌkän-​frən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \ noun

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