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Meaning & Definition of Confront in English

English

Confront

/kənfrənt/

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • confront
  • ,
  • face

2. Deal with (something unpleasant) head on

  • "You must confront your problems"
  • "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
    synonym:
  • confront
  • ,
  • face up
  • ,
  • face

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"
    synonym:
  • confront
  • ,
  • face
  • ,
  • present

4. Be face to face with

  • "The child screamed when he confronted the man in the halloween costume"
    synonym:
  • confront

Examples of using

Human life faces the same alternatives that confront all other forms of life—of adapting itself to the conditions under which it must live or becoming extinct.
I think it's time for me to confront that problem.