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Definition 1: deal with (something unpleasant) head on - [verb of communication]

Samples where confront or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for confront in the sense of this definition

(confront is a kind of ...) begin to deal with

"approach a task" "go about a difficult problem" "approach a new project"

(... is a kind of confront ) accept as a challenge

"I'll tackle this difficult task"

(confront has a similar meaning as ...) 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"

Definition 2: present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize - [verb of communication]

Samples where confront or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for confront in the sense of this definition

(confront has a similar meaning as ...) deal with (something unpleasant) head on

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

Definition 3: oppose, as in hostility or a competition - [verb of competition]

Samples where confront or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You must confront your opponent
  • Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring
  • The two enemies finally confronted each other

Synonyms for confront in the sense of this definition

(confront is a kind of ...) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend" "Charlie likes to play Mary"

(... is a kind of confront ) confront bodily

"breast the storm"

(... is a kind of confront ) face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it

(... is a kind of confront ) set into opposition or rivalry

"let them match their best athletes against ours" "pit a chess player against the Russian champion" "He plays his two children off against each other"

Definition 4: be face to face with - [verb of stative]

Samples where confront or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(confront is a kind of ...) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

"The house looks north" "My backyard look onto the pond" "The building faces the park"

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