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"confront" in British English

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confrontverb [T]

uk   us   /kənˈfrʌnt/
C2 to ​face, ​meet, or ​deal with a ​difficultsituation or ​person: As she ​left the ​court, she was confronted byangrycrowds who ​tried to ​block her way. It's an ​issue we'll have to confront at some ​point, no ​matter how ​unpleasant it is. I ​thought I would ​staycalm, but when I was confronted with/by the TV ​camera, I got very ​nervous.

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(Definition of confront from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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confrontverb [T]

 us   /kənˈfrʌnt/
to ​deal with a ​difficultproblem, ​situation, or ​person: He ​forced the ​country to confront the ​issue of deforestation. When I took ​office, I was confronted with new ​guidelines. Becca will have to confront some ​frighteningtruths about this ​disease. To confront someone is to ​meet with a ​person with whom you ​disagree or whom you will ​accuse of something: I had to confront him about the ​damage to the ​car.
(Definition of confront from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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