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facenoun

uk   /feɪs/ 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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faceverb

uk   /feɪs/ 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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(Definition of face from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"face" in American English

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facenoun [C]

us   /feɪs/
  • face noun [C] (HEAD)

the front of the head including the eyes, nose, and mouth: Cal hid his face in his hands.
  • face noun [C] (FRONT)

the front or surface of an object: We climbed the north face of Mount Washington.
The face of a clock or a watch is the surface that has the numbers or marks on it that show what time it is.

faceverb

us   /feɪs/
  • face verb (DEAL WITH)

[T] to deal with a difficult situation: They are faced with major financial problems. I can’t face climbing those stairs again.
  • face verb (BE POSITIONED)

[I/T] to have the front of something positioned toward, or to turn toward something or someone: [I always + adv/prep] The balcony faces south. [T] Please face the front of the room.
(Definition of face from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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