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English definition of “face”


verb (DEAL WITH)    /feɪs/
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.Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring 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 .Dealing with things or peopleActing and actsCoping and not copingTolerating and enduring 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.Afraid 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 .
(Definition of face verb (DEAL WITH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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