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  1. face
    IPA[fās]
  2. noun

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

    • 2. the face as expressing emotion; an expression shown on the face:

      the happy faces of these children
    • 3. a manifestation or outward aspect of something:

      the unacceptable face of social drinking
    • 4. a person of a particular type:

      this season's squad has a lot of old faces in it
    • 5. the surface of a thing, especially one that is presented to the view or has a particular function.

    • 6. each of the surfaces of a solid:

      the faces of a cube
    • 7. a vertical or sloping side of a mountain or cliff:

      the south face of Broad Peak
    • 8. the side of a planet or moon facing the observer.

    • 9. the front of a building.

    • 10. the plate of a clock or watch bearing the digits or hands.

    • 11. the distinctive side of a playing card.

    • 12. short for typeface

    • 13. the side of a coin showing the head or principal design.

    verb

    • 1. be positioned with the face or front toward (someone or something):

      he turned to face her
      Synonym : look out on, front onto, look toward, be facing, have/afford/command a view of, look over/across, open out over, look onto, overlook, give onto, give over, be opposite (to)
    • 2. have the face or front pointing in a specified direction:

      the house faces due east
    • 3. (of a soldier) turn in a particular direction:

      they immediately faced about
    • 4. confront and deal with or accept:

      honesty forced her to face facts the candidates choose not to face up to the pragmatic issues
    • 5. overcome someone or something by a show of determination:

      he faced down persistent hecklers at a noontime rally
    • 6. have (a difficult event or situation) in prospect:

      each defendant faced a maximum sentence of 10 years
    • 7. (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?
    • 8. cover the surface of (something) with a layer of a different material:

      the external basement walls were faced with granite slabs
      Synonym : cover, clad, veneer, skin, overlay, surface, dress, pave, put a facing on, laminate, inlay, plate, coat, line
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: face, plural noun: faces

    • v.: verb: face, 3rd person present: faces, gerund or present participle: facing, past tense: faced, past participle: faced

    • noun

      the front part of a person's head from the forehead to the chin, or the corresponding part in an animal:

      an expression shown on the face:

    • verb

      be positioned with the face or front towards (someone or something):

      have the face or front pointing in a specified direction:

    • adjective

      having a face or expression of a specified kind:

      having a surface or front of a specified kind:

    • noun

      a layer of material covering part of a garment and providing contrast, decoration, or strength.

      the cuffs, collar, and lapels of a military jacket, contrasting in color with the rest of the garment:

    • adjective

      positioned with the front toward a certain direction; opposite:
    • adjective

      having a face or expression of a specified kind:

      having a surface or front of a specified kind:

    • noun

      a piece of material sewn on the inside of a garment, especially at the neck and armholes, to strengthen it.

      the cuffs, collar, and lapels of a military jacket, contrasting in colour with the rest of the garment:

    • adjective

      positioned so as to face:
    • noun

      (chiefly in military contexts) a turn made so as to face the opposite direction:

      a complete change of opinion or policy:

    • verb

      turn so as to face the opposite direction:
    • exclamation

      (in military contexts) a command to make an about-face.
    • adverb

      with all the face visible; facing directly at someone or something:
    • adjective

      showing all of the face:

      covering all of the face:

    • noun

      the value printed or depicted on a coin, banknote, postage stamp, ticket, etc., especially when less than the actual or intrinsic value:

      the superficial appearance or implication of something:

    • noun

      an act of turning around so as to face in the opposite direction.

      an abrupt and complete reversal of attitude, opinion, or position:

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