Face meaning

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To occupy a position with the face toward.

Stood and faced the audience.

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To turn the face in a specified direction.
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To front on.

A window that faces the south.

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The end, as of a mine or tunnel, at which work is advancing.
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Facial makeup; cosmetics.
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To cause (troops) to change direction by giving a command.
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(games) To turn (a playing card) so that the face is up.
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To furnish with a surface or cover of a different material.

Bronze that is faced with gold foil.

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To line or trim the edge of, especially with contrasting material.

Face a hem with lace.

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To treat the surface of so as to smooth.
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To be turned or placed with the front toward a specified direction.
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The expression of the countenance.
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A surface of a thing.
  • The front, upper, or outer surface or part.
  • Any one of the surfaces of a geometric figure or crystal.
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The side or surface that is marked, as of a clock, playing card, domino, etc., or that is finished, as of fabric, leather, etc.
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The appearance; outward aspect; semblance.
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Dignity; self-respect; prestige.
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The topography (of an area)
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The functional or striking surface (of a tool, golf club, etc.)
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What is shown by the language of a document, without explanation or addition.
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(informal) Effrontery; audacity.
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(mining) The end of a tunnel, drift, etc., where work is being done.
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To turn, or have the face or front turned, toward.

The building faces the square.

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To meet or confront squarely or face to face.
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To confront with boldness, courage, etc.
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To acknowledge and accept (facts, the truth, etc.)
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To put another material on the surface of.
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To level and smooth the surface of (esp. a block of stone)
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To turn (a card, etc.) with the face up.
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(mil.) To cause (a formation of soldiers) to pivot by giving the appropriate command.
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(sewing) To apply a facing to (a collar, edge, etc.)
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To turn, or have the face turned, toward a specified thing or person, or in a specified direction.
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(mil.) To pivot in a specified direction: usually in the form of a command.

Right face!

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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.
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A contorted facial expression.
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Facies.
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A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
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Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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The front part of a document or thing, or the part with writing on it; the appearance or tendency of a thing, for example, the face of the evidence.
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(anatomy) The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.

She has a pretty face.

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One's facial expression.

Why the sad face?

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The public image; outward appearance.

The face of this company.

He managed to show a bold face despite his embarrassment.

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The frontal aspect of something.

The face of the cliff loomed above them.

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(figuratively) Presence; sight; front.

To fly in the face of danger.

To speak before the face of God.

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The directed force of something.

They turned to boat into the face of the storm.

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Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
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Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
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The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.

A pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face.

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(geometry) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
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Any surface; especially a front or outer one.

Put a big sign on each face of the building that can be seen from the road.

They climbed the north face of the mountain.

She wanted to wipe him off the face of the earth.

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The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
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(slang) The mouth.

Shut your face!

He's always stuffing his face with chips.

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(slang) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.

I'll be out in a sec, just let me put on my face.

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(slang, professional wrestling) Short for babyface. A wrestler whose on-ring persona is embodying heroic or virtuous traits. Contrast with heel.

The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback.

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(cricket) The front surface of a bat.
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(golf) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
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(card games) The side of the card that shows its value (as opposed to the back side, which looks the same on all cards of the deck).
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(typography) A typeface.
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Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.
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The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.

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(of a person or animal) To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).

Face the sun.

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(of an object) To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).

Turn the chair so it faces the table.

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To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
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To deal with (a difficult situation or person).

I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.

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(intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.

The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.

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To have as an opponent.
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(intransitive, cricket) To be the striking batsman.
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To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.

A building faced with marble.

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To line near the edge, especially with a different material.

To face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress.

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To cover with better, or better appearing, material than the mass consists of, for purpose of deception, as the surface of a box of tea, a barrel of sugar, etc.
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(engineering) To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth; to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); especially, in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface.
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Face is defined as the front part of the head and the front surface of anything.

An example of face is the combination of eyes, ears, mouth and nose.

An example of face is the part of the clock that displays the time.

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The definition of face is to turn toward someone or something, or to acknowledge and confront.

An example of face is for students to look at the teacher.

An example of face is for a person to deal with his greatest fear.

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A person's countenance.

A happy face.

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A contorted facial expression; a grimace.

Made a face at the prospect of eating lemons.

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Facial cosmetics.

Put one's face on.

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Outward appearance.

The modern face of the city.

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Effrontery; impudence.

Had the face to question my judgment.

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The most significant or prominent surface of an object, especially:
  • The surface presented to view; the front.
  • A façade.
  • Outer surface.
    The face of the earth.
  • A marked side.
    The face of a clock; the face of a playing card.
  • The right side, as of fabric.
  • An exposed, often precipitous surface of rock.
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A planar surface of a geometric solid.
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Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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The appearance and geologic surface features of an area of land; topography.
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The front of the head from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin, and from ear to ear; visage; countenance.
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face the music
  • To accept the unpleasant consequences, especially of one's own actions.
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in the face
  • In opposition to or defiance of.
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on the face of it
  • From appearances alone; apparently:
    On the face of it, the problem seems minor.
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show (one's) face
  • To make an appearance:
    Don't show your face on my property again.
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to (one's) face
  • In the view or hearing of:
    Insulted me to my face.
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be (or get) in someone's face
  • to behave in a confrontational or annoyingly direct or persistent manner toward someone
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face down
  • with the face or front turned downward
    To slip and land face down in a pile of leaves.
  • to disconcert or overcome by a confident, bold manner
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face off
  • to start or resume play with a face-off
  • to confront one another as opponents or adversaries
    Candidates face off in an election.
  • to take a position opposing
    Congress faced off against the President.
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face to face
  • confronting each other
  • very near to; in the presence of
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face up
  • with the face or front turned upward; on its or one's back
    To deal playing cards face up.
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face up to
  • to face with courage; confront and resist
  • to realize and be ready to meet (a condition, fact, etc.)
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fly in the face of
  • to be rashly defiant of
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in someone's face
  • (in a manner that is) direct and confrontational
    The door was slammed in my face.
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in the face of
  • in the presence of
  • in spite of
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make a face
  • to distort the face, esp. in a way expressing contempt, distaste, humor, etc.
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on the face of it
  • to all appearances; apparently
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pull a long face
  • to look sad, glum, disapproving, etc.
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put a bold face on
  • to seem bold or confident about
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set one's face against
  • to be determinedly against; disapprove of; resist
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show one's face
  • to come and be seen; appear
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to someone's face
  • in someone's presence; openly and without fear
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of face

  • Middle English from Old French from Vulgar Latin facia from Latin faciēs dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Replaced native Middle English onlete (“face, countenance, appearance”), from Old English anwlite; compare Old English ansīen (“face”), Middle English neb (“face, nose”) (from Old English nebb), Middle English ler, leor, leer (“face, cheek, countenance”) (from Old English hlēor), and non-native Middle English vis (“face, appearance, look”) (from Old French vis).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English face, from Anglo-Norman face and Old French face (Modern French face), from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin facies (“form, appearance”), from facere (“to make, do”).

    From Wiktionary