confront

verb

con·​front kən-ˈfrənt How to pronounce confront (audio)
confronted; confronting; confronts

transitive verb

1
: to face especially in challenge : oppose
confront an enemy
The mayor was confronted by a group of protesters.
2
a
: 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
confrontal noun
confronter noun

Example Sentences

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 on the Web Once promising, 2022 has quickly come to resemble 2021, a difficult truth for Tom Allen and company to confront. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Oct. 2022 Families have said students in the district are not safe so long as officers who waited so long to confront and kill the gunman remain on the job. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2022 Uvalde families have said students in the district are not safe so long as officers who waited so long to confront and kill the gunman remain on the job. Paul J. Weber, ajc, 7 Oct. 2022 It’s always the right time to confront and overcome the data conundrum because the value of aligning teams along a comprehensive data security strategy extends up to the board level. Stephen Cavey, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 Two of the former TMZ employees said a Jewish producer stood up to confront Ye about his remarks about Nazis and Hitler. Ben Goggin, NBC News, 2 Nov. 2022 Both sides are well aware of the pitfalls that confront trial attorneys in an age of political polarization that has bled into the courtroom. Jonah E. Bromwich, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2022 And there has been a noted rise in violence against Palestinians and their property by extremist Jewish settlers, who frequently set out to confront Palestinians and their supporters during the fall olive harvest. Isabel Kershner, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2022 Artists also used drawing to confront authority and raise moral questions without crossing lines and arousing reactions from religious or political authorities. Steven Litt, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle French confronter to border on, confront, from Medieval Latin confrontare to bound, from Latin com- + front-, frons forehead, front

First Known Use

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of confront was circa 1568

Dictionary Entries Near confront

Cite this Entry

“Confront.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confront. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

confront

verb

con·​front kən-ˈfrənt How to pronounce confront (audio)
1
: to face especially in challenge : oppose
confront an enemy
2
: to bring face-to-face : cause to meet
confronted with difficulties
confrontation
ˌkän-(ˌ)frən-ˈtā-shən
noun

Legal Definition

confront

transitive verb

con·​front kən-ˈfrənt How to pronounce confront (audio)
: 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 noun

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