confront

verb
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

Synonyms

beard, brave, brazen, breast, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms

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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This week, the Saints confronted their past only because they were forced to. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Drew Brees' Injury and Another Bad Call Add to Saints’ Pain," 15 Sep. 2019 Multiple states confronted NormShield about the reports. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Report on Election Security Gains Attention, and a Sharp Rebuke," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. SFChronicle.com, "‘Rambo: Last Blood’," 11 Sep. 2019 In June 1890, white and black people confronted each other in violent clash in Brookside, Alabama. John Hammontree | Jhammontree@al.com, al, "Birmingham unveils county’s first marker recognizing victims of lynching," 10 Sep. 2019 According to the Times, Ross confronted acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs by phone, demanding the agency fix the contradiction of Trump. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "NOAA's acting chief scientist reportedly to investigate effort to bolster Trump," 9 Sep. 2019 However, only through discussion can issues such as mental illness, societal change, social pressures and causal links between self-destruction and military service be confronted. Simon Harold Walker, Time, "If We Want to Address the Crisis of Veteran Suicide, We Must Acknowledge Its History," 6 Sep. 2019 The previous day, on the sideline before a win against Pittsburgh that lifted Oakland to 3-10, McKenzie confronted Davis about rumors that he’d be let go. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 In particular, humanitarian forces confront radical uncertainty. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention," 4 Sep. 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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confront

verb

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

confront

verb
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

confront

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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