- 1Come face to face with (someone) with hostile or argumentative intent: 300 policemen confronted an equal number of union supportersMore example sentences
- Instead of spreading out and confronting their neighbors in hostile face-offs, foraging sanderlings bunched together in tight little flocks.
- It is significant that all of the films are sympathetic to refugees and immigrants, who arrive in an alien country, often with no money, to confront hostile officials and racist slurs.
- On the other side of the coin, we are getting more teachers who are now having to confront hostile parents, and they are able to exercise some of their own rights.
- 1.1(Of a problem or difficulty) present itself to (someone) so that action must be taken: the new government was confronted with many profound difficultiesMore example sentences
- But suppose we are confronted with a problem of courage?
- But these efforts have been confronted with the difficulties which usually present themselves in such cases.
- When most people are confronted with a problem, their instinct is to impose limits, get the problem under some kind of control.
- 1.2Face up to and deal with (a problem or difficulty): we knew we couldn’t ignore the race issue and decided we’d confront it head onMore example sentences
tackle, get to grips with, apply oneself to, address oneself to, address, face, set about, go about, get to work at, busy oneself with, set one's hand to, grapple with, approach, take on, attend to, see to, throw oneself into, try to solve, try to deal with, try to cope with, learn to live with, try to sort out; deal with, take measures about, take care of, pursue, handle, manage• informal have a crack at, have a go at, have a shot at, get stuck into
- To them, the problem was confronted and dealt with.
- I would confront my problems and deal with them.
- Women from Africa, Asia and Latin America have employed different approaches to confront these problems.
- 1.3Compel (someone) to face or consider something, especially by way of accusation: Merrill confronted him with her suspicionsMore example sentences
present, bring face to face, face
- This same question confronts anyone who considers the period from 1975 to 1983.
- It is the man who was responsible for her father's death and she feels compelled to confront him.
- Ella had seemed like the most obvious suspect, and I'd considered confronting her, but she had confronted me the first day I returned to school.
- 1.4Appear or be placed in front of (someone) so as to unsettle or threaten them: we were confronted with pictures of moving skeletonsMore example sentences
- Entering, you are confronted with what appears to be a blow-up of a Seventies newsprint photograph of a star.
- The scene that confronted us appeared tranquil: a flock of vultures perched, on watch, up in a clump of trees overlooking a large herd of waterbuck browsing on the near bank.
- Pushing open the door to investigate, I was confronted by what appeared to be a tea dance for - well, to put it politely - ladies of a certain age.
mid 16th century: from French confronter, from medieval Latin confrontare, from Latin con- 'with' + frons, front- 'face'.