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confront

verb

  1. (meet)  to oppose, as in hostility or a competition
    Synonyms: face. Type of: meet
  2. (set about)  to deal with (something unpleasant) head on
    Synonyms: face, face up. Type of: set about
  3. (present somebody, something)  to present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
    Synonyms: face, present.
  4. (front)  to be face to face with
    Type of: front

Etymology summary

"to stand in front of", from Middle French confronter (15th century), from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

confront | confronter [noun, derived]

[usually followed by "with"] to present or face (with something), especially in order to accuse or criticize | to face boldly; oppose in hostility | ... (23 of 510 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

confront | oppose [synonym, sense-specific] | encounter [synonym, sense-specific] | beard [synonym, sense-specific] | brave [synonym, sense-specific] | brazen [synonym, sense-specific] | breast [synonym, sense-specific] | face [synonym, sense-specific] | dare [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to face especially in challenge; "oppose" | to cause to meet; bring face-to-face ; to meet face-to-face; "encounter" (17 of 175 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/confront

Oxford Dictionary:

confront

come face to face with (someone) with hostile or argumentative intent | (of a problem or difficulty) present itself to (someone) so that action must ... (24 of 151 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/confront

Macmillan British Dictionary:

confront [transitive] | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

[often passive] to go close to someone in a threatening way | to deal with a difficult situation ; if a problem or difficult situation confronts you, ... (26 of 137 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/confront

American Heritage Dictionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present] | confronter [noun, related] | confrontment [noun, related] | confrontative [adjective, related]

To come face to face with, especially with defiance or hostility | To bring face to face with | To come up against; encounter | To engage in ... (25 of 98 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/confront

Random House Dictionary:

confront

to face in hostility or defiance; oppose. | to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face. | to stand or come in front of; ... (24 of 79 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/confront

Wiktionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present] | face down [transitive, idiomatic]

[transitive] To stand or meet facing, especially in competition, hostility or defiance; to come face to face with; to oppose; to challenge. | [transitive] To deal with. | [transitive] To something bring face to face with. | [transitive] To come up ... (38 of 75 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/confront

Cambridge Dictionary:

confront

to face, meet or deal with a difficult situation or person (11 of 65 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/confront

New World Dictionary:

confront | confrontation [related] | confrontational [adjective, related] | confrontationist [noun, adjective, related]

to face; stand or meet face to face | to face or oppose boldly, defiantly, or antagonistically | to bring face to face (with) | to set side by side to ... (28 of 62 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/confront

Encarta Dictionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

to come face to face with somebody, especially in a challenge, and usually with hostility, criticism, or defiance | to bring something such as ... (23 of 145 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599536​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

confront

First use: 1560s

Origin: "to stand in front of", from Middle French confronter (15th century), from Medieval Latin confrontare "assign limits, adjoin", from ... (20 of 39 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=confront

Merriam-Webster:

confront

First use: about 1568

Origin: Middle French confronter to border on, confront, from Medieval Latin confrontare to bound, from Latin com- + front-, frons forehead, front

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/confront

American Heritage Dictionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French confronter, from Old French, to adjoin, from Medieval Latin cōnfrontāre: Latin com-, com- + Latin frōns, front-, front.

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Oxford Dictionary:

confront

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: French confronter, from medieval Latin confrontare, from Latin con- "with" + frons, front- "face"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/confront

Collins Dictionary:

confront

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin confrontārī to stand face to face with, from frons forehead

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/confront

New World Dictionary:

confront

Origin: French confronter from Medieval Latin confrontare from Latin com-, together + frons, forehead: see "front"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/confront

Wiktionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old French confronter, from Medieval Latin confrontare, from con- + frons ("forehead", "front")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/confront

Encarta Dictionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: French from medieval Latin confrontare from Latin front- "forehead"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599536​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

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Collins Dictionary:

confront

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

confront [transitive] | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "confront"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

confront [transitive] | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "confront"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

confront

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the Free Dictionary:

confront

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Google Dictionary:

confront | confronted [past tense] | confronting [present participle] | confronts [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "confront"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

confront

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YourDictionary Audio:

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freedictionary.org:

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