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face

face

 
pronunciation:
feIs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
face to face, in the face of, face up to, make a face
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the part of the head that extends from the forehead to the chin and from ear to ear.
The witness found it hard to identify the man because she hadn't had a good look at his face.
 
synonyms:
countenance, features, physiognomy
similar words:
lineaments, profile, visage
definition 2: a look or expression communicated by the features, esp. the eyes and mouth.
When she saw her father's grief-stricken face, she knew the worst had happened.
 
synonyms:
aspect, countenance, demeanor, expression, visage
similar words:
air, appearance, feature, look, mien
definition 3: outward appearance.
On its face, the situation looks bad, but nonetheless we're quite optimistic.They put on a courageous face, but everyone was nervous about what the day would bring.
synonyms:
surface
similar words:
appearance, exterior, fašade, front, outside, veneer
definition 4: one's prestige or dignity.
We must do this to save face.
synonyms:
dignity, honor, prestige, reputation
similar words:
name, repute
definition 5: a prominent surface or aspect.
the face of a clockthe face of the cliff
 
synonyms:
front
antonyms:
back
similar words:
exterior, facade, fore, outside, surface
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phrase: face to face
phrase: in the face of
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: faced, faces, facing
definition 1: to stand or be in front of.
Tomorrow morning, the prisoner will face the judge.
similar words:
front
definition 2: to look or turn toward.
The students were all facing the teacher.Please face me so that I can hear you when you speak.He was ashamed and refused to face his father.
 
similar words:
front
definition 3: to confront without avoidance.
I'm not afraid to face the consequences of what I've done.She believes it's best to face her fears rather than give in to them.
synonyms:
confront
antonyms:
avoid, dodge, evade
similar words:
affront, beard, brave, brazen, come to grips with, meet, reckon with
definition 4: to cover with a different material.
The fabric was faced with rubber.
synonyms:
cover, veneer
similar words:
coat, finish
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to turn or be placed so that the front is to a specific direction (usu. fol. by "on" or "toward").
The house faces toward the road.
synonyms:
look, point
similar words:
front
definition 2: to turn in a certain direction or way.
Face left at the sergeant's command.
similar words:
turn
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phrase: face up to
phrase: make a face
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a broader category that includes face
some accessories for faces
some actions with faces
some descriptions of faces
some parts of a face
some things found on faces