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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.

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. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    The reason Republicans hate me so much is because I confront them directly. Their moral -- their lack of moral grounding on so many issues, and, not just that, but the reason they are so upset, and they act like that girl in The Exorcist thats like vomiting pea soup, thats like them and negativity.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    It means joining with allies to deploy renewable energy technologies -- both at home and around the world -- to confront the very real and present danger of potentially irreversible climate change.

  3. Will Smith:

    I dont look at it like a transgression at all, through that particular journey, I learned so much about myself and was able to really confront a lot of emotional immaturity [and] emotional insecurity.

  4. Arturo Casadevall:

    If these threats materialize, medicine will need to confront new infectious diseases for which it has no experience.

  5. Roy Gutterman:

    The answer to this is not punishment, which would run afoul of the First Amendment because this involves a public university. The answer is to counter the speech and confront the speech. This could be the subject of campus-wide discussions.

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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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    a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
    • A. eminent
    • B. appellative
    • C. epidemic
    • D. defiant

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