face-to-face

[ feys-tuh-feys ]
/ ˈfeɪs təˈfeɪs /

adjective

with the fronts or faces toward each other, especially when close together.
involving close contact or direct opposition: a face-to-face confrontation of adversaries.
noting, relating to, or promoting interaction that takes place in person, as opposed to online interaction or electronic communications: face-to-face classrooms. Abbreviation: f2f, F2F

Words nearby face-to-face

Origin of face-to-face

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50

Definition for face to face (2 of 2)

Origin of face

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (v.) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR face

1 Face, countenance, visage refer to the front of the (usually human) head. The face is the combination of the features: a face with broad cheekbones. Countenance, a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals the state of mind, and hence often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. Visage, still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, especially as revealing seriousness or severity: a stern visage.
2 appearance, aspect, mien.
7 exterior.
14 façade.
30 veneer.

OTHER WORDS FROM face

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British Dictionary definitions for face to face (1 of 3)

face to face

adverb, adjective (face-to-face as adjective)

opposite one another
in confrontation

British Dictionary definitions for face to face (2 of 3)

FACE

abbreviation for

Fellow of the Australian College of Education

British Dictionary definitions for face to face (3 of 3)

face
/ (feɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of face

faceable, adjective

Word Origin for face

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make
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Medical definitions for face to face

face
[ fās ]

n.

The front portion of the head, from forehead to chin.
Facies.
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Scientific definitions for face to face

face
[ fās ]

A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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Idioms and Phrases with face to face (1 of 2)

face to face

1

In each other's presence, opposite one another; in direct communication. For example, The two chairmen sat face to face, or It's time his parents met the teacher face to face. [Mid-1300s]

2

Confronting each other, as in We were face to face with death during the avalanche. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with face to face (2 of 2)

face

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