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Pronunciation: /feɪs/

Translation of face in French:


  • 1 (of person) visage (m), figure (f); (of animal) face (f) to slam the door/laugh in sb's face claquer la porte/rire au nez de qn to pull or make a face faire une grimace (in disgust) faire la grimace
  • 2to lose face perdre la face to save face sauver la face


  • 1 (look towards) [person] faire face à; [building, room] donner sur to face south [person] regarder au sud [building] être orienté/-e au sud
  • 2 se trouver face à [challenge, crisis]; se trouver menacé/-e de [defeat, redundancy]; affronter [rival, team] to be faced with se trouver confronté/-e à [problem, decision]
  • 3 (acknowledge) face the facts, you're finished! regarde la réalité en face, tu es fini! let's face it, nobody's perfect admettons-le, personne n'est parfait
  • 4 (tolerate prospect) I can't face doing je n'ai pas le courage de faire he couldn't face the thought of eating l'idée de manger lui était insupportable

phr (in the face of)

  • 1 en dépit de [difficulties]
  • 2 face à, devant [opposition, enemy, danger]

adv (face to face)

  • [be seated] face à face to come face to face with se retrouver face à to talk to sb face to face parler à qn en personne

Phrasal verbs

face up to

faire face à [problem, responsibilities]

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