Definition of face verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//feɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//feɪs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they face
    BrE BrE//feɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//feɪs//
    he / she / it faces
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪsɪz//
    past simple faced
    BrE BrE//feɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//feɪst//
    past participle faced
    BrE BrE//feɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//feɪst//
    -ing form facing
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪsɪŋ//
    House location
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    be opposite
  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to be opposite somebody/something; to have your face or front pointing towards somebody/something or in a particular direction face somebody/something She turned and faced him. Most of the rooms face the sea. + adv./prep. The terrace faces south. a north-facing wall Stand with your feet apart and your hands facing upwards. Which direction are you facing? See related entries: House location
  2. somebody/something difficult
  3. 2  [transitive] if you face a particular situation, or it faces you, you have to deal with it face something the problems faced by one-parent families The company is facing a financial crisis. be faced with something She's faced with a difficult decision.
  4. 3  [transitive] face something to accept that a difficult situation exists, although you would prefer not to It's not always easy to face the truth. She had to face the fact that her life had changed forever. Face facts—she isn't coming back. Let's face it, we're not going to win.
  5. 4  [transitive] if you can’t face something unpleasant, you feel unable or unwilling to deal with it face something I just can't face work today. face doing something I can't face seeing them.
  6. 5[transitive] face somebody to talk to or deal with somebody, even though this is difficult or unpleasant How can I face Tom? He'll be so disappointed.
  7. cover surface
  8. 6[transitive, usually passive] face something with something to cover a surface with another material a brick building faced with stone
  9. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, based on Latin facies ‘form, appearance, face’.Extra examples Face facts —she isn’t coming back. I just can’t face work today. It’s not always easy to face the truth. Let’s face it, we’re not going to win. On their journey across the desert they faced danger of all sorts. Several students now face expulsion. She is faced with a difficult situation. The party will have to change its policies to fit the new problems facing society. We could all face higher fuel bills this winter.Idioms (informal) to accept and deal with criticism or punishment for something you have done The others all ran off, leaving me to face the music. Phrasal Verbsface somebodydownface offface up to something
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