confront (v.)

1560s, "to stand in front of, be facing," from French confronter (15c.), from Medieval Latin confrontare "assign limits to; adjoin," and confrontari "be contiguous to," from assimilated form of Latin com "with, together" (see con-) + frontem (nominative frons) "forehead" (see front (n.)).

Sense of "to face in defiance or hostility, stand in direct opposition to" is from 1580s. Transitive sense of "bring face to face" (with another, the evidence, etc.) is from 1620s. Related: Confronted; confronting.

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Definitions of confront from WordNet

confront (v.)
oppose, as in hostility or a competition;
The two enemies finally confronted each other
You must confront your opponent
Synonyms: face
confront (v.)
deal with (something unpleasant) head on;
You must confront your problems
Synonyms: face up / face
confront (v.)
present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize;
We confronted him with the evidence
Synonyms: face / present
confront (v.)
be face to face with;
The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume