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confront

[ kuhn-fruhnt ]
/ kənˈfrʌnt /
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verb (used with object)

to face in hostility or defiance; oppose: The feuding factions confronted one another.
to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face: They confronted him with evidence of his crime.
to face and deal with boldly or directly: The city refuses to confront the real reason for the housing shortage.
to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing: The two long-separated brothers confronted each other speechlessly.
to be in one's way: the numerous obstacles that still confronted him.
to bring together for examination or comparison.

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Origin of confront

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Medieval Latin confrontārī, equivalent to Latin con-, variant of intensive prefix com- + -frontārī, derivative of Latin frōns (stem front- ) “forehead”; see origin at con-, front

OTHER WORDS FROM confront

con·front·er, nounre·con·front, verb (used with object)un·con·front·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for confront

confront
/ (kənˈfrʌnt) /

verb (tr)

(usually foll by with) to present or face (with something), esp in order to accuse or criticize
to face boldly; oppose in hostility
to be face to face with; be in front of
to bring together for comparison

Derived forms of confront

confronter, noun

Word Origin for confront

C16: from Medieval Latin confrontārī to stand face to face with, from frons forehead
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