Meaning of face to face in English:

face to face

adjective

  • (of a situation) characterized by having those involved close together and facing each other.

    ‘a face-to-face conversation’
    ‘face-to-face meetings are always better’
    • ‘Although smallpox can be spread by air currents, close face-to-face contact is far more effective.’
    • ‘Unlike the phone, or a face-to-face conversation, you don't need to answer right away on the internet.’
    • ‘Frankly, I'm pretty much as honest in face-to-face conversations, but not always.’
    • ‘Council employees are being asked to pick up the telephone instead, or even engage in face-to-face conversations.’
    • ‘Who knows, if we all set up a web cam we will actually be able to sit down in our respective homes and have a face-to-face conversation.’
    • ‘The on-screen conversations soon led to face-to-face meetings and social events.’
    • ‘Denise stared miserably at the screen, wishing it could be a face-to-face conversation.’
    • ‘It is amazing how a quick face-to-face meeting or conversation can lead to great things down the road.’
    • ‘The site then sets up face-to-face meetings for those individuals to get together.’
    • ‘Their face-to-face meeting during their weeks together developed into love.’
    • ‘I'm just as neurotic in written conversations as I am in face-to-face ones.’
    • ‘As a society, we are becoming less adept at talking face-to-face and conversational skills are suffering.’
    • ‘Now, he hoped, technology could help people meet each other and build real face-to-face ties with people.’
    • ‘Already we've reduced the amount of face-to-face contact in most institutions.’
    • ‘In this age of Internet, families still prefer face-to-face interaction.’
    • ‘With no time for face-to-face friendships she relies on e-mail.’
    • ‘In the office, emails and instant messaging are sending face-to-face meetings into extinction.’
    • ‘It was no ordinary bus tour, but one that would bring him face-to-face with fans who had won a contest to be there with him.’
    • ‘I only wish I could sit down with each person, face-to-face, and do these questions.’
    • ‘The groups consisted of three people, some operating face-to-face, some operating online.’
    stand up to, outface, cow, overawe, intimidate, browbeat, confront, beard, outstare, stare down, stare out, defy
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adverb

  • 1So as to be close together and facing each other.

    • ‘the two men stood face to face’
    • ‘she came face to face with a burglar in her home’
    • ‘it was the first time we'd spoken face to face’
    face to face, personally, in person, without an intermediary, at first hand, head on, direct, man to man
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    1. 1.1So as to confront a situation directly.
      ‘Lopez came face to face with the utter impossibility of his position’
      ‘the experience brings offenders face to face with the consequences of their actions’

Pronunciation

face to face

/ˌfeɪs tə ˈfeɪs/