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face

noun uk   us   /feɪs/

face noun (HEAD)

A1 [C] the front of the head, where the eyes, nose, and mouth are: She has a long, thin face. She had a puzzled expression on her face.A1 [C] an expression on someone's face: I was greeted by smiling faces. I could see from his face he was unhappy.make a face B1 (UK also pull a face) to make a strange expression with your face, for example to show that you do not like someone or something: I was making silly faces to get the baby to laugh. "This tastes horrible," said Tom, pulling a face at his glass.
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face noun (FRONT)

[C] the front or surface of an object: the north face of a mountain the west face of the building [C] the front of a clock or watch that has the numbers or marks that show what time it is: a watch face with Roman numerals
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face noun (RESPECT)

C2 [U] the respect and honour of others: He thinks he would lose face if he admitted the mistake. She tried to save face by inventing a story about being overseas at the time.

face

verb uk   us   /feɪs/

face verb (DEAL WITH)

B2 [T] If you face a problem, or a problem faces you, you have to deal with it: This is one of the many problems faced by working mothers. Passengers could face long delays. You're faced with a very difficult choice there.B2 [T] to accept that something unpleasant is true and start to deal with the situation: I think Phil has to face the fact that she no longer loves him. We have to face facts here - we simply don't have enough money. He's dying but he refuses to face the truth.can't face sth/doing sth B2 to not want to do or deal with something unpleasant: I can't face walking up all those steps again. I know I've got to tell her but I can't face it.C2 [T] to deal with someone when the situation between you is difficult: She half hoped he would not find her, though she knew she would have to face him sooner or later.
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face verb (TURN TOWARDS)

B1 [I usually + adv/prep, T] to turn or be turned towards something physically; to be opposite something: The balcony faced towards the sea. Our apartment faces south. Their houses face each other across the street.
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face verb (BUILDING)

[T] If you face a building, you put an extra layer in front of what is already there: The house was built of wood but faced in/with brick.
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