face - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlefacing
past tensefaced
past participlefaced
  1. 1
    [transitive] to be opposite someone or something so that your face or front is towards them

    The two men faced each other across the table.

    I turned to face the sun.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if something faces in a particular direction, its front is pointing or turned in that direction
      face onto/towards/away from:

      The building faces onto a busy road.

      face upwards/downwards/inwards/outwards:

      Keep your hands by your sides with the palms facing inwards.

      face north/south etc:

      My dining room faces north.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if you face a problem, or if it faces you, it is likely or certain to happen and you have to deal with it

    How to combine a career and children is a dilemma facing many women.

    be faced with/by something:

    The country is now faced with the prospect of war.

    face doing something:

    Many of the shipyard workers face losing their jobs.

  3. 3



    face up to

    [transitive] to accept that a bad situation exists and try to deal with it

    We have to face the reality that, so far, the treaty has had little effect.

    I decided I must face up to the truth.

    face (up to) the fact that:

    She had to face the fact that she still missed him.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to talk to someone or to deal with someone although this is difficult or embarrassing

    I’ll never be able to face her again after what happened.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to have to compete against a person or team, especially one that is likely to beat you

    Torquay face Liverpool on Saturday.