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 confront (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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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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Cite this Entry

“Confront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confront. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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confront

verb
How to pronounce confront (audio)

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
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 confront (audio) \ noun

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