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 Oddly, the pandemic has a lot of players on all levels of football confronting a similar reality. Greg Moore, azcentral, "How a photo on Frank Kush's wall changed ASU legend Mike Haynes' perspective on the future," 22 May 2020 The stark guidelines come as school officials confront the issues of reopening for the fall. al, "Teachers in masks, lunches in classrooms, CDC guidelines envision stark new year for schools," 22 May 2020 Ignorance paves the way for Peter III’s precious bliss; the president prefers to diminish the threat of the pandemic rather than confront the reality of its consequences. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "What The Great Reveals About Trump’s Pandemic Denial," 21 May 2020 The district cannot cut transportation spending to avoid increasing taxes, Pollio said, confronting a common refrain from those opposing increases. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS school board approves tax increase. Now, it faces Louisville taxpayers," 21 May 2020 During my research, Rwandans often wanted to be able to see and confront those who had either killed family members or raped them. Jonathan Beloff, Soas, Quartz Africa, "Why France’s arrest of a high-profile Rwandan genocide suspect won’t end with a trial in Kigali," 21 May 2020 Although the pressure on China is being led by Trump, there is bipartisan support in Washington for confronting Beijing, especially because of criticism of China's initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Matt Egan, CNN, "Here comes the US crackdown on China stocks," 21 May 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to burden health care systems across the globe, health care workers find themselves in harm’s way while confronting an unseen enemy: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Zachary Johannesson, STAT, "Lessons from the military on how to balance caring for patients against the risk of personal harm," 20 May 2020 But more useful models for confronting a pandemic may come from the microbiome itself—and from the mechanisms, from human care to life-extending machines, used to give our immune systems time to learn the signatures of a new virus. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "Metaphors Matter in a Time of Pandemic," 19 May 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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27 May 2020

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“Confront.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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