AskDefine | Define confront

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1 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" [syn: face]
2 deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes" [syn: face up, face] [ant: avoid]
3 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" [syn: face, present]
4 be face to face with; "The child screamed when it confronted the man in the halloween costume"

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From French confronter, from medieval Latin confrontare, from con- + frons "forehead", "front"



  1. To stand or meet facing, especially in competition, hostility or defiance; to come face to face with; to oppose; to challenge.
  2. To deal with.
  3. To something bring face to face with.
  4. To come up against; to encounter.
  5. To engage in confrontation.
  6. To set a thing side by side with; to compare.
  7. To put a thing facing to; to set in contrast to.


To stand or meet facing, especially in competition, hostility or defiance
To deal with
  • Albanian: ballafaqoj
  • Finnish: kohdata
  • German: konfrontieren, sich einer Sache stellen
To something bring face to face with
To come up against; to encounter
To engage in confrontation
To set a thing side by side with; to compare
To put a thing facing to; to set in contrast to

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