Definition of face in English:


Pronunciation /fās/ /feɪs/

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  • 1The front part of a person's head from the forehead to the chin, or the corresponding part in an animal.

    1. 1.1The face as expressing emotion; an expression shown on the face.
      • ‘the happy faces of these children’
    2. 1.2A manifestation or outward aspect of something.
      • ‘the unacceptable face of social drinking’
    3. 1.3with adjective A person of a particular type.
      • ‘this season's squad has a lot of old faces in it’
  • 2The surface of a thing, especially one that is presented to the view or has a particular function.

    1. 2.1Geometry Each of the surfaces of a solid.
      • ‘the faces of a cube’
    2. 2.2A vertical or sloping side of a mountain or cliff.
      • ‘the south face of Broad Peak’
    3. 2.3The side of a planet or moon facing the observer.
    4. 2.4The front of a building.
    5. 2.5The plate of a clock or watch bearing the digits or hands.
    6. 2.6The distinctive side of a playing card.
    7. 2.7
      short for typeface
    8. 2.8The side of a coin showing the head or principal design.

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Be positioned with the face or front toward (someone or something)

    • ‘he turned to face her’
    look out on, front on to, look towards, be facing, afford a view of, command a view of, have a view of, look across, look over, open out over, look on to, overlook, give on to, give over, be opposite, be opposite to
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    1. 1.1no object Have the face or front pointing in a specified direction.
      • ‘the house faces due east’
    2. 1.2no object (of a soldier) turn in a particular direction.
      • ‘they immediately faced about’
  • 2Confront and deal with or accept.

    ‘honesty forced her to face facts’
    • ‘the candidates choose not to face up to the pragmatic issues’
    1. 2.1face someone/something downOvercome someone or something by a show of determination.
      • ‘he faced down persistent hecklers at a noontime rally’
    2. 2.2Have (a difficult event or situation) in prospect.
      • ‘each defendant faced a maximum sentence of 10 years’
    3. 2.3(of a problem or difficult situation) present itself to and require action from (someone)
      • ‘if you were suddenly faced with an emergency, would you know how to cope?’
  • 3usually be faced withCover the surface of (something) with a layer of a different material.

    • ‘the external basement walls were faced with granite slabs’
    cover, clad, veneer, skin, overlay, surface, dress, pave, put a facing on, laminate, inlay, plate, coat, line
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    face the music
    • Be confronted with the unpleasant consequences of one's actions.

      • ‘we would later have to face the music over our bold moves’
    face down
    • With the face or surface turned toward the ground.

      • ‘he lay face down on his bed’
    the face of the earth
    • Used for emphasis, to refer to the existence or disappearance of someone or something.

      ‘he's just disappeared off the face of the earth’
      • ‘the most grueling training on the face of the earth’
    get out of someone's face
    North American informal
    • usually as imperative Stop harassing or annoying someone.

      • ‘shut up and get out of my face’
    face up
    • With the face or surface turned upward to view.

      • ‘place the panel face up before cutting’
    have the face to do something
    British dated
    • Have the effrontery to do something.

    in one's face
    • Directly at or against one; as one approaches.

      • ‘she slammed the door in my face’
    in the face of
    • 1When confronted with.

      • ‘her resolution in the face of the enemy’
      1. 1.1Despite.
        • ‘reform had been introduced in the face of considerable opposition’
    make a face
    • Produce an expression on one's face that shows dislike, disgust, or some other negative emotion, or that is intended to be amusing.

      • ‘she made a face and tossed her purse at him’
    lose face
    • Suffer a loss of respect; be humiliated.

      • ‘the code of conduct required that he strike back or lose face’
    loss of face
    • A loss of respect; humiliation.

      • ‘he could step aside now without loss of face’
    on the face of it
    • Without knowing all of the relevant facts; at first glance.

      • ‘on the face of it, these improvements look to be insignificant’
    put one's face on
    • Apply makeup to one's face.

      • ‘Paula spent two minutes putting on her face first thing’
    save face
    • Retain respect; avoid humiliation.

      • ‘an outcome that allows them all to save face’
    save someone's face
    • Enable someone to avoid humiliation.

      • ‘he might be pretending to help her to save his face in front of Katarina’
    put a brave face on something
    • Act as if something unpleasant or upsetting is not as bad as it really is.

      ‘he was putting a brave face on it but she knew he was shattered’
      • ‘he tried to put a good face on the financial picture’
    throw something back in someone's face
    • Reject something in a brusque or ungracious manner.

      • ‘she'd given him her trust and he'd thrown it back in her face’
    to one's face
    • Openly in one's presence.

      • ‘you're telling me to my face I'm a liar’
    set one's face against
    • Oppose or resist with determination.

      • ‘he had set his face against the idea’

Phrasal Verbs

    face off
    • 1North American Take up an attitude of confrontation, especially at the start of a fight or game.

      • ‘close to a million soldiers face off in the desert’
      1. 1.1Ice Hockey Start or restart play with a face-off.


Middle English from Old French, based on Latin facies ‘form, appearance, face’.