Meaning of “confront” in the English Dictionary

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"confront" in British English

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confrontverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈfrʌnt/ us /kənˈfrʌnt/

C2 to face, meet, or deal with a difficult situation or person:

As she left the court, she was confronted by angry crowds 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 stay calm, but when I was confronted with/by the TV camera, I got very nervous.

More examples

  • She was confronted by a man wielding a knife.
  • We were confronted with a lot of problems when we tried to buy a house in Germany.
  • He confronted his illness with characteristic bravery.
  • She decided to confront the burglars.
  • The police were confronted by crowds of rioters.

Phrasal verb(s)

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

"confront" in American English

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confrontverb [ T ]

us /kənˈfrʌnt/

to deal with a difficult problem, 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 frightening truths 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)