confront


confront
con|front [kənˈfrʌnt] v [T]
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: confronter 'to have a border with, confront', from Medieval Latin, from Latin com- ( COM-) + frons ( FRONT1)]
1.) if a problem, difficulty etc confronts you, it appears and needs to be dealt with
The problems confronting the new government were enormous.
be confronted with sth
Customers are confronted with a bewildering amount of choice.
2.) to deal with something very difficult or unpleasant in a brave and determined way
We try to help people confront their problems .
3.) to face someone in a threatening way, as though you are going to attack them
Troops were confronted by an angry mob.
4.) to ↑accuse someone of doing something, especially by showing them the proof
confront sb with/about sth
I confronted him with my suspicions, and he admitted everything.
I haven't confronted her about it yet.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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