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


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


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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South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has waxed about the need for generational change in leadership at a moment when the world needs to confront the existential crisis of climate change. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Why Julian Castro's attack on Joe Biden fell flat," 13 Sep. 2019 Zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt ask the audience for help on their quest to confront a villain and protect wild animals. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things to do in Anchorage this week: Wakanda Ball and an adults-only night at the museum," 13 Sep. 2019 Some terrifying events unfold in the arena, forcing Eva and her team to confront a horrifying reality. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 According to his thesis, liberals aren’t doing enough to confront their ideological foes and make an affirmative case for the liberal order. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Liberalism Is at a Crossroads, Not a Dead End," 12 Sep. 2019 In addition to opening up about his mental health issues on the show, Carter also stopped by to confront his mother about her drinking addiction. Christina Oehler,, "Aaron Carter Reveals He Has Multiple Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder on 'The Doctors'," 11 Sep. 2019 But to fulfill his promise of ending the use of private prisons in California completely, Newsom will have to confront the challenges of slimming down the states’s overburdened prison system to make more space. Alexei Koseff,, "Legislature votes to ban private prisons, sends bill to Newsom," 11 Sep. 2019 The prosecutor said Williams was not a gang member, but had a personal problem with the gang from that part of Oceanside, and had spent an hour that morning looking to confront and shoot a random member of the gang. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man found guilty of gunning down Oceanside teen he mistook for gang member," 11 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the band of lawmakers who seek to confront the NCAA will play on in other states and on Capitol Hill. Michael Mccann,, "What Will Happen If the California 'Fair Pay to Play Act' Gets Signed Into Law?," 10 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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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


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

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confrontation \ ˌkän-​frən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce confrontation (audio) \ noun

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to spread over or through

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