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
Luis Perdomo was forced to confront a familiar problem Wednesday.
Woods, an electrical engineer by training who’s spent his entire career at Exxon, will be confronted by investors demanding that Exxon cut new spending on oil fields and hand the cash over to shareholders in dividends instead.
These films retell the optimistic single story of teaching: an idealistic young teacher confronts the soul-crushing reality of public schools but perseveres to learn lessons about herself, her students, and the world.
The program, in part, offers money and technical help to residents who are confronted with local hazards such as leaking oil tanks or emissions from chemical plants.
A tribal dispute began in 2015 after a drone strike in the area, when the senior figure confronted other tribal leaders who were reluctant to ban Al Qaeda members from the area.
The Portland Mercury, one of the city’s alternative weeklies, posted an article on its website saying Christian showed up at a free-speech march in late April with a baseball bat to confront protesters and the bat was confiscated by police.
What happened when the couple from the neighborhood followed you back to work and confronted you in your car?
Confronted with rising costs and limited land to build on, the companies planned to build nuclear power plants at a shipyard in Florida and then float them up to the New Jersey coast.
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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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