Definitions for confrontkənˈfrʌnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to face in hostility or defiance; oppose.

  2. to set face to face:

    They confronted him with the evidence.

  3. to stand or come in front of; meet face to face.

  4. to encounter as something to be dealt with:

    the obstacles that confronted us.

  5. to bring together for examination or comparison.

Origin of confront:

1595–1605; < ML confrontārī= L con-con - +-frontārī, der. of L frōns forehead, front


Princeton's WordNet

  1. confront, face(verb)

    oppose, as in hostility or a competition

    "You must confront your opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally confronted each other"

  2. confront, face up, face(verb)

    deal with (something unpleasant) head on

    "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"

  3. confront, face, present(verb)

    present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

    "We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us"

  4. confront(verb)

    be face to face with

    "The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. confront(verb)ənˈfrʌnt

    (of a problem) to need to be solved; = face

    the difficulties confronting our college; a country confronted with a crashing economy

  2. confrontənˈfrʌnt

    to deal with a difficult situation

    to confront the nation's water problems

  3. confrontənˈfrʌnt

    to force sb to talk about a problem

    to confront him with his lies

  4. confrontənˈfrʌnt

    to approach sb aggressively

    He was confronted by two armed men.


  1. confront(Verb)

    To stand or meet facing, especially in competition, hostility or defiance; to come face to face with; to oppose; to challenge.

    We should confront him about the missing money.

  2. confront(Verb)

    To deal with.

  3. confront(Verb)

    To something bring face to face with.

  4. confront(Verb)

    To come up against; to encounter.

  5. confront(Verb)

    To engage in confrontation.

  6. confront(Verb)

    To set a thing side by side with; to compare.

  7. confront(Verb)

    To put a thing facing to; to set in contrast to.

  8. Origin: From confronter, from confrontare, from con- + frons

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confront(verb)

    to stand facing or in front of; to face; esp. to face hostilely; to oppose with firmness

  2. Confront(verb)

    to put face to face; to cause to face or to meet; as, to confront one with the proofs of his wrong doing

  3. Confront(verb)

    to set in opposition for examination; to put in contrast; to compare

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confront' in Verbs Frequency: #644

Translations for confront

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to bring face to face with

He was confronted with the evidence of his crime.

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