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face

Synonyms of face in English:

noun

  • 1 a beautiful face
    informal mug
    literary visage
    archaic front
  • 2 her face grew sad
    (facial) expression, look, appearance, air, manner, bearing, countenance, mien
  • 3 he made a face at the sourness of the drink
    grimace, scowl, wry face, wince, frown, glower, pout, moue
  • 4 a cube has six faces
    side, aspect, flank, surface, plane, facet, wall, elevation
  • 5 a watch face
    dial, display
  • 6 changing the face of the industry
    appearance, outward appearance, aspect, nature, image
  • 7 he put on a brave face
    front, show, display, act, appearance, facade, exterior, mask, masquerade, pretense, pose, veneer
  • 8 criticism should never cause the recipient to lose face
    respect, honor, esteem, regard, admiration, approbation, acclaim, approval, favor, appreciation, popularity, prestige, standing, status, dignity;
    self-respect, self-esteem
  • verb

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  • 1 the hotel faces the sea
    look out on, front on to, look toward, be facing, look over/across, overlook, give on to, be opposite (to)
  • 2 you'll just have to face the facts
    accept, become reconciled to, get used to, become accustomed to, adjust to, acclimatize oneself to;
    learn to live with, cope with, deal with, come to terms with, become resigned to
  • 3 he faces a humiliating rejection
    be confronted by, be faced with, encounter, experience, come into contact with, come up against
  • 4 the problems facing our police force
    beset, worry, distress, trouble, bother, confront;
    harass, oppress, vex, irritate, exasperate, strain, stress, tax;
    torment, plague, blight, bedevil, curse
    formal discommode
  • 5 he faced the challenge boldly
    brave, face up to, encounter, meet, meet head-on, confront;
    oppose, resist, withstand
  • 6 a wall faced with stucco
    cover, clad, veneer, overlay, surface, dress, put a facing on, laminate, coat, line
  • Phrases

    face to face

    1
    the two men stood face to face
    facing (each other), opposite (each other), across from each other

    on the face of it

    2
    on the face on it, the peace talks are going quite well
    apparently, seemingly, outwardly, it seems (that), it would seem (that), it appears (that), it would appear (that), as far as one can see/tell, by all accounts

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