- 1 confront somebody/something (of problems or a difficult situation) to appear and need to be dealt with by somebody the economic problems confronting the country The government found itself confronted by massive opposition.
- 2 confront something to deal with a problem or difficult situation synonym face up to She knew that she had to confront her fears.
- 3 confront somebody to face somebody so that they cannot avoid seeing and hearing you, especially in an unfriendly or dangerous situation This was the first time he had confronted an armed robber. Confronted by an angry crowd, the police retreated.
- 4 confront somebody with somebody/something to make somebody face or deal with an unpleasant or difficult person or situation He confronted her with a choice between her career or their relationship.
- 5be confronted with something to have something in front of you that you have to deal with or react to Most people when confronted with a horse will pat it. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French confronter, from medieval Latin confrontare, from Latin con-
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BrE BrE//kənˈfrʌnt//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfrʌnt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confront
BrE BrE//kənˈfrʌnt//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfrʌnt//he / she / it confronts
BrE BrE//kənˈfrʌnts//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfrʌnts//past simple confronted
BrE BrE//kənˈfrʌntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfrʌntɪd//past participle confronted
BrE BrE//kənˈfrʌntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfrʌntɪd//-ing form confronting
BrE BrE//kənˈfrʌntɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfrʌntɪŋ//