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see synonyms of face


1. face, human face

the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

Example Sentences:
'he washed his face'
'I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news'

2. aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look

the feelings expressed on a person's face

Example Sentences:
'a sad expression'
'a look of triumph'
'an angry face'

3. face

the general outward appearance of something

Example Sentences:
'the face of the city is changing'

4. face

the striking or working surface of an implement

5. face

a part of a person that is used to refer to a person

Example Sentences:
'he looked out at a roomful of faces'
'when he returned to work he met many new faces'

6. face, side

a surface forming part of the outside of an object

Example Sentences:
'he examined all sides of the crystal'
'dew dripped from the face of the leaf'

7. face

the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

8. face

the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)

Example Sentences:
'he dealt the cards face down'

9. face, grimace

a contorted facial expression

Example Sentences:
'she made a grimace at the prospect'

10. case, face, font, fount, typeface

a specific size and style of type within a type family

11. face

status in the eyes of others

Example Sentences:
'he lost face'

12. boldness, brass, cheek, face, nerve

impudent aggressiveness

Example Sentences:
'I couldn't believe her boldness'
'he had the effrontery to question my honesty'

13. face

a vertical surface of a building or cliff


14. confront, face, face up

deal with (something unpleasant) head on

Example Sentences:
'You must confront your problems'
'He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes'

15. confront, face

oppose, as in hostility or a competition

Example Sentences:
'You must confront your opponent'
'Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring'
'The two enemies finally confronted each other'

16. face, front, look

be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

Example Sentences:
'The house looks north'
'My backyard look onto the pond'
'The building faces the park'

17. face

be opposite

Example Sentences:
'the facing page'
'the two sofas face each other'

18. face

turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction

Example Sentences:
'Turn and face your partner now'

19. confront, face, present

present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

Example Sentences:
'We confronted him with the evidence'
'He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions'
'An enormous dilemma faces us'

20. face

turn so as to expose the face

Example Sentences:
'face a playing card'

21. face

line the edge (of a garment) with a different material

Example Sentences:
'face the lapels of the jacket'

22. face

cover the front or surface of

Example Sentences:
'The building was faced with beautiful stones'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of face
the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage
(as modifier)
face flannel
face cream
the expression of the countenance; look
a sad face
a distorted expression, esp to indicate disgust; grimace
she made a face
3. informal
make-up (esp in the phrase put one's face on)
outward appearance
the face of the countryside is changing
appearance or pretence (esp in the phrases put a bold, good, bad, etc, face on)
worth in the eyes of others; dignity (esp in the phrases lose or save face)
7. informal
impudence or effrontery
the main side of an object, building, etc, or the front
the face of a palace
a cliff face
the marked surface of an instrument, esp the dial of a timepiece
the functional or working side of an object, as of a tool or playing card
the exposed area of a mine from which coal, ore, etc, may be mined
(as modifier)
face worker
the uppermost part or surface
the face of the earth
13. Also called: side
any one of the plane surfaces of a crystal or other solid figure
14. mountaineering
a steep side of a mountain, bounded by ridges
either of the surfaces of a coin, esp the one that bears the head of a ruler
16. British slang
a well-known or important person
17. Also called: typeface printing
the printing surface of any type character
the style, the design, or sometimes the size of any type fount
the print made from type
18. nautical, aeronautics
the aft or near side of a propeller blade
19.  fly in the face of
20.  in one's face
21.  in face of
22.  look someone in the face
23.  on the face of it
24.  set one's face against
25.  show one's face
26.  shut one's face
27.  to someone's face
28.  until one is blue in the face
29. (when intr, often foll by to, towards, or on)
to look or be situated or placed (in a specified direction)
the house faces on the square
to be opposite
facing page 9
31. (transitive)
to meet or be confronted by
in his work he faces many problems
32. (transitive)
to accept or deal with something
let's face it, you're finished
33. (transitive)
to provide with a surface of a different material
the cuffs were faced with velvet
to dress the surface of (stone or other material)
35. (transitive)
to expose (a card) with the face uppermost
36. military, mainly US
to order (a formation) to turn in a certain direction or (of a formation) to turn as required
right face!
37. ice hockey
(of the referee) to drop (the puck) between two opposing players, as when starting or restarting play
See also face-off
to start or restart play in this manner
38.  face the music
abbreviation for
Fellow of the Australian College of Education

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see synonyms of face
verb transitiveWord forms: faced or ˈfacing
to turn, or have the face or front turned, toward
the building faces the square
to meet or confront squarely or face to face
to confront with boldness, courage, etc.
to acknowledge and accept (facts, the truth, etc.)
to put another material on the surface of
to level and smooth the surface of (esp. a block of stone)
to turn (a card, etc.) with the face up
21.  Military
to cause (a formation of soldiers) to pivot by giving the appropriate command
22.  Sewing
to apply a facing to (a collar, edge, etc.)
verb intransitive
to turn, or have the face turned, toward a specified thing or person, or in a specified direction
24.  Military
to pivot in a specified direction: usually in the form of a command
right face!
the front of the head from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, and from ear to ear; visage; countenance
the expression of the countenance
a surface of a thing
; esp.,
the front, upper, or outer surface or part
any one of the surfaces of a geometric figure or crystal
the side or surface that is marked, as of a clock, playing card, domino, etc., or that is finished, as of fabric, leather, etc.
the appearance; outward aspect; semblance
facial makeup; cosmetics
used chiefly in the phrases do one's face and put one's face on
dignity; self-respect; prestige
: used chiefly in the phrase lose (or save) face
the topography (of an area)
the functional or striking surface (of a tool, golf club, etc.)
what is shown by the language of a document, without explanation or addition
11.  Informal
effrontery; audacity
12.  Mining
the end of a tunnel, drift, etc., where work is being done
13.  Printing
the type surface on which a letter is cut; printing part of a letter or plate
the full selection of type of a certain design

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of face
a. The surface of the front of the head from the top of the forehead to the base of the chin and from ear to ear.
b. A person: We saw many new faces on the first day of classes.
2. A person's countenance: a happy face.
3. A contorted facial expression; a grimace: made a face at the prospect of eating lemons.
a. A countenance of a certain complexion or form. Used in combination: babyface; frogface.
b. A person having such a countenance. Used in combination: paleface.
a. Facial makeup: put one's face on.
b. Facial makeup of a certain color, usually worn for the purpose of impersonating or mocking people of a particular racial or ethnic group. Used in combination: applied blackface.
c. Assumed characteristics, such as clothing or behavior, intended to impersonate or mock people of a particular racial or ethnic group. Used in combination: dressing up in yellowface.
6. Outward appearance: the modern face of the city.
a. Value or standing in the eyes of others; prestige: did their best to save face after they were shown to be wrong; did not want to lose face by being unable to live up to his reputation.
b. Self-assurance; confidence: The team managed to maintain a firm face even in times of great adversity.
8. Effrontery; impudence: had the face to question my judgment.
9. The most significant or prominent surface of an object, especially:
a. The surface presented to view; the front.
b. A façade.
c. Outer surface: the face of the earth.
d. A marked side: the face of a clock; the face of a playing card.
e. The right side, as of fabric.
f. An exposed, often precipitous surface of rock.
10. A planar surface of a geometric solid.
11. Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
12. The end, as of a mine or tunnel, at which work is advancing.
13. The appearance and geologic surface features of an area of land; topography.
14. Printing
a. A typeface or range of typefaces.
b. The raised printing surface of a piece of type.
v. faced, fac·ing, fac·es
1. To occupy a position with the face toward: stood and faced the audience.
2. To front on: a window that faces the south.
a. To meet or confront with self-assurance: How can I face your parents when they know that I've let them down?
b. To acknowledge and accept or deal with: had to face the facts; must be willing to face our problems. See Synonyms at defy.
a. To be certain to encounter; have in store: An unskilled youth faces a difficult life.
b. To bring or to be brought face to face with: "The prospect of military conflict ... faced us with nightmarish choices" (Henry A. Kissinger).
5. To cause (troops) to change direction by giving a command.
6. Games To turn (a playing card) so that the face is up.
7. To furnish with a surface or cover of a different material: bronze that is faced with gold foil.
8. To line or trim the edge of, especially with contrasting material: face a hem with lace.
9. To treat the surface of so as to smooth.
1. To be turned or placed with the front toward a specified direction.
2. To turn the face in a specified direction.

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