confront

verb con·front \ kən-ˈfrənt \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of confront

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

play \kən-ˈfrən-tᵊl\ noun

confronter

noun

Examples of confront in a Sentence

  1. They confronted the invaders at the shore.

  2. She confronted him about his smoking.

  3. The country is reluctant to confront its violent past.

  4. The photographs confront the viewer with images of desperate poverty.

  5. I confronted her with the evidence.

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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

confront Synonyms


CONFRONT Defined for English Language Learners

confront

verb

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

confront

verb con·front \ kən-ˈfrənt \

Definition of confront for Students

confronted; confronting
1 : to face especially in challenge : oppose
  • confront an enemy
2 : to cause to face or meet
  • His lawyer confronted us with the evidence.

confrontation

\ˌkän-frən-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Law Dictionary

confront

transitive verb con·front \ kən-ˈfrənt \

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

play \ˌkän-frən-ˈtā-shən\ noun


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