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CONFRONT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confront mean? 

CONFRONT (verb)
  The verb CONFRONT has 4 senses:

1. oppose, as in hostility or a competition
2. deal with (something unpleasant) head on
3. present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
4. be face to face with

  Familiarity information: CONFRONT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFRONT (verb)


Sense 1confront [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Oppose, as in hostility or a competition

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

confront; face

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "confront" is one way to...):

encounter; meet; play; take on (contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confront"):

breast; front (confront bodily)

take the bull by the horns (face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it)

match; oppose; pit; play off (set into opposition or rivalry)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2confront [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deal with (something unpleasant) head on

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

face; face up; confront

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "confront" is one way to...):

approach; go about; set about (begin to deal with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confront"):

tackle; take on; undertake (accept as a challenge)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Antonym:

avoid (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something)


Sense 3confront [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

confront; face; present

Context examples:

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

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4confront [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be face to face with

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "confront" is one way to...):

face; front; look (be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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