Face - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |feɪs|  American pronunciation of the word face
Brit.  |feɪs|  British pronunciation of the word face


- the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
- the feelings expressed on a person's face(syn: aspect, expression, look)
- the general outward appearance of something
- the striking or working surface of an implement
- a part of a person that is used to refer to a person
- a surface forming part of the outside of an object(syn: side)
- the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

▼ (6)


- deal with (something unpleasant) head on(syn: confront)
- oppose, as in hostility or a competition(syn: confront)
- be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to(syn: front, look)
- be opposite
- turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction
- present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize(syn: confront, present)
- turn so as to expose the face
- line the edge (of a garment) with a different material
- cover the front or surface of


He has a round face.

His face is familiar but I can't remember his name.

I'll never forget the look on her face.

He fell flat on his face.

I didn't recognize any of the faces around the table.

There are lots of new faces around the office.

The teacher faced the class.

She turned around to face the window.

He sat facing the wall.

Turn and face to the east.

The house faces the park.

The living room faces the afternoon sun.

My shoe was lying in the corner with its sole facing upward.

The flower opens facing skyward.

Look at the illustration on the facing page.

Phrasal verbs

face off  — start a game by a face-off
face up  — deal with (something unpleasant) head on

Word forms

I/you/we/they: face
he/she/it: faces
present participle: facing
past tense: faced
past participle: faced
singular: face
plural: faces
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