What does confront mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confront, faceverb

    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, faceverb

    deal with (something unpleasant) head on

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

  3. confront, face, presentverb

    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. confrontverb

    be face to face with

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


  1. confrontverb

    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. confrontverb

    To deal with.

  3. confrontverb

    To something bring face to face with.

  4. confrontverb

    To come up against; to encounter.

  5. confrontverb

    To engage in confrontation.

  6. confrontverb

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

  7. confrontverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONFRONTverb

    Etymology: confronter, French.

    He spoke, and then confronts the bull;
    And on his ample forehead, aiming full,
    The deadly stroke descended. John Dryden, Virg. Æn.

    We began to lay his unkindness unto him: he seeing himself confronted by so many, went not to denial, but to justify his cruel falshood. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    In these two things the East and West churches did interchangeably both confront the Jews and concur with them. Richard Hooker, b. i. sect. 11.

    Blood hath bought blood, and blows have answer’d blows,
    Strength match’d with strength, and power confronted power. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Bellona’s bridegroom, lapt in proof,
    Confronted him with self comparisons,
    Point against point rebellious, arm ’gainst arm. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    When I confront a medal with a verse, I only shew you the same design executed by different hands. Joseph Addison, on Medals.


  1. confront

    Confrontation is an element of conflict wherein parties confront one another, directly engaging one another in the course of a dispute between them. A confrontation can be at any scale, between any number of people, between entire nations or cultures, or between living things other than humans. Metaphorically, a clash of forces of nature, or between one person and his own causes of internal turmoil, might be described as a confrontation. It has been noted that the term confrontation has "a negative image, largely because people tend to confront others not about pleasant things but about painful, unpleasant things" and that it also "suffers from the stigma of being overly aggressive in both nature and intent". An examination of a hypothetical confrontation is the basis of confrontation analysis (also known as dilemma analysis), an operational analysis technique used to structure, understand and think through multi-party interactions such as negotiations. It is the underpinning mathematical basis of drama theory.


  1. confront

    To confront means to directly face or encounter, often in defiance or hostility. It can also mean addressing a challenging issue, situation, or problem openly and directly. This could involve a physical, verbal, or emotional challenge.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confrontverb

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

  2. Confrontverb

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

  3. Confrontverb

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

  4. Etymology: [F. confronter; L. con- + frons the forehead or front. See Front.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confront

    kon-frunt′, v.t. to stand in front of: to face: to oppose: to bring face to face: to compare.—n. Confrontā′tion, the bringing of people face to face. [Fr. confronter—Low L.,—L. con, together, and frons, the front. See Front.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confront in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confront in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of confront in a Sentence

  1. William Fullbright:

    We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.

  2. Barack Obama:

    One of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better, rather than another reason to refight old arguments, I hope that today's report can help us leave these techniques where they belong—in the past.

  3. Jerry Gillies:

    Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.

  4. Confront Art:

    They took ownership of the statue, not only because of the subject matter, but because for the first time someone brought a large scale public artwork to their community, which sometimes is passed over for more' deserving' locations, this is our goal. Confront Art is inspiring. Confront Art is a catalyst for conversation, and bringing these pieces into communities where they spark conversation and inspiration... well, then our mission with these statues will be a success.

  5. Hillary Rodham Clinton:

    The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.

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  • konfronteerAfrikaans
  • مواجهةArabic
  • изправям се пред, съпоставям, имам работа с, противостоя, стоя срещуBulgarian
  • konfrontovatCzech
  • konfrontereDanish
  • gegenübertreten, Sache, begegnen, entgegentreten, konfrontieren, stellen, gegenüberstellenGerman
  • αντιμετωπίGreek
  • enfrentar, confrontarSpanish
  • روبرو شدن باPersian
  • kohdataFinnish
  • affronter, confronterFrench
  • התעמתHebrew
  • सामना करनाHindi
  • szembeszállHungarian
  • menghadapiIndonesian
  • affrontare, confrontareItalian
  • לְהִתְעַמֵתHebrew
  • 対峙するJapanese
  • 대치하다Korean
  • adversusLatin
  • confronteren, tegenover stellen, vergelijkenDutch
  • konfrontereNorwegian
  • konfrontowaćPolish
  • confrontar, enfrentarPortuguese
  • confruntaRomanian
  • противостоять, сопоставля́ть, ста́лкиваться, противопоста́вить, столкну́ться, противопоставля́ть, противостоя́ть, сопоста́вить, [[име́ть]] [[де́ло]] (с)Russian
  • ballafaqoj, përballojAlbanian
  • konfronteraSwedish
  • எதிர்கொள்ளTamil
  • అదుపుచేయలేనిTelugu
  • เผชิญหน้าThai
  • karşılaştırmak, karşısına çıkmak, yüzleştirmek, karşı koymakTurkish
  • протистоятиUkrainian
  • مقابلہUrdu
  • Đối đầuVietnamese
  • קאָנפראָנטYiddish
  • 面对Chinese

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