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From Old French confronter, from Medieval Latin confrontare, from con- + frons (forehead”, “front)


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  • IPA(key): /kʌnˈfɹʌnt/
  • Rhymes: -ʌnt


confront (third-person singular simple present confronts, present participle confronting, simple past and past participle confronted)

  1. (transitive) To stand or meet facing, especially in competition, hostility or defiance; to come face to face with
    Synonyms: oppose, challenge
    We should confront him about the missing money.
  2. (transitive) To deal with.
  3. (transitive) To something bring face to face with.
  4. (transitive) To come up against; to encounter.
  5. (intransitive) To engage in confrontation.
  6. (transitive) To set a thing side by side with; to compare.
  7. (transitive) To put a thing facing to; to set in contrast to.

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