adverb or adjective

: within each other's sight or presence
met and talked face-to-face
a face-to-face consultation
: in or into direct contact or confrontation
came face-to-face with the problem

Examples of face-to-face in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neither country has specified when or where the visit would take place, nor what would be on the agenda of any potential face-to-face. Jake Kwon, CNN, 11 Sep. 2023 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping opted not to come this year, ensuring no tough face-to-face conversations with their American and European counterparts. Krutika Pathi and Adam Schreck, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 At the simplest level, face-to-face meetings generate a lot more contextual information than, say, texts and phone calls do, allowing both parties to better interpret the tone and reception of a message. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2023 North Korean leaders have long valued face-to-face meetings with world leaders as signs of international importance and for domestic propaganda purposes. Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Sep. 2023 But will name recognition and his face-to-face charm offensive boost him in the polls? Gabriella Abdul-Hakim, ABC News, 4 Sep. 2023 Children’s health experts generally take a less-is-better stance on children’s screen time, instead encouraging physical activity and personal, face-to-face interactions. Linda Searing, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2023 Correspondent David Pogue talks with experts who discuss why exchanges on the Internet can devolve into hateful, spiteful rages and name-calling that would never be acceptable when talking face-to-face. CBS News, 31 Aug. 2023 Her daughter Dasha told Good Morning America that her mother came face-to-face with the shark before she was attacked. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of face-to-face was in the 14th century

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“Face-to-face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face-to-face. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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adverb or adjective
: within each other's close presence
met face-to-face
: in or into direct contact or confrontation
face-to-face with a crisis

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