face up

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adjective or adverb

variants or less commonly faceup or face-up
: with the face up
After all the cards have been dealt, nondealer takes the top card from his pile and places it on the table, face up.Jack Botermans et al.
It didn't matter whether a phone was on or off, or whether it was face up or face down on a desk.Ralph K. M. Haurwitz
… we set the table with the forks' tines aggressively face-up.Molly O'Neill
For abdominal-flattening crunches, lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.Michele Meyer
usually hyphenated before a noun
Players start with four face-up cards …Laura McQuarrie

face up

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faced up; facing up; faces up

intransitive verb

: to confront or deal directly with someone or something previously avoided
usually used with to
faced up to my fears

Examples of face up in a Sentence

Adjective or adverb The cards were dealt faceup.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective or adverb
Under Utah Law, Franke and Hildebrandt face up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of their six counts of child abuse. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 12 Sep. 2023 If convicted, Donald could face up to 50 years in prison or a life sentence for the alleged murder, and up to five years for evidence tampering. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 He is scheduled for sentencing in January and could face up to five years in federal prison. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 After his girlfriend is possessed during a trip to a cabin in the woods, Ash is once again forced to face up to evil. Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 6 Sep. 2023 Herbert could face up to 10 years in prison for the charge of theft of government money and up to five years for the charge of making a false statement, prosecutors said. Maria Elena Little Endara, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2023 In Utah, a person found guilty of aggravated child abuse charges can face up to 15 years in prison. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2023 If convicted of the charges, the 27-year-old could face up to seven years and four months in prison. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 If found guilty, individuals charged with money laundering could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 17 Aug. 2023
Hunter Biden also has pleaded not guilty to federal tax crimes in a separate case brought by Weiss in California, facing up to 17 years in prison if convicted. Tom Hals, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 The 34-year-old faced up to a year behind bars after being convicted of misdemeanor assault in December. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 9 Apr. 2024 Majors, who has maintained his innocence, faced up to one year behind bars. EW.com, 8 Apr. 2024 The actor faced up to a year of jail time for his conviction. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 James and Jennifer Crumbley, both found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in separate trials, are facing up to 15 years in prison per the four counts — each representing a student killed by their son, Ethan, in 2021. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 4 Apr. 2024 If convicted, the 30 Rock Emmy winner faces up to 18 months behind bars. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Mercurio will face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2024 Each of them faces up to 20 years in prison when they're sentenced in July, but prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of about three years. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective Or Adverb

1809, in the meaning defined above


1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face up was in 1809

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“Face up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20up. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


face·​up ˈfā-ˈsəp How to pronounce faceup (audio)
: with the face up
the card fell faceup
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