Meaning of “face” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /feɪs/
HEAD [ C ]

A1 the front part of the head where the eyes, nose, and mouth are, or the expression on this part:

She's got a long, thin face.
I can't wait to see her face when she opens the present.
make a face (also UK pull a face)

B1 to show with your face that you do not like someone or something:

The baby made a face every time I offered her some food.
make faces

to make silly expressions with your face in order to try and make people laugh

sb's face falls/lights up

someone starts to look disappointed/happy:

His face fell when I said that she wasn't coming.
to sb's face

B2 If you say something unpleasant to someone's face, you say it to them directly, when you are with them:

If you've got something to say, say it to my face.

the front or surface of something:

the north face of the cliff
a clock face
in the face of sth

while having to deal with a difficult situation or problem:

She refused to leave him, in the face of increasing pressure from friends and family.
on the face of it

used when you are describing how a situation seems, when this is different to what it is really like:

On the face of it, it seems like a bargain, but I bet there are hidden costs.

(Definition of “face noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)