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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 ​puzzledexpression 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 ​strangeexpression 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 ​tasteshorrible," 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 ​Romannumerals

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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 ​workingmothers. Passengers could face ​longdelays. You're faced with a very ​difficultchoice 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 ​longerloves 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 ​halfhoped 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)

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facenoun [C]

 us   /feɪs/
  • face noun [C] (HEAD)

the ​front of the ​headincluding 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 ​difficultsituation: They are faced with ​majorfinancialproblems. 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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