confronted; confronting; confronts

Confront means either to face a situation that makes you uncomfortable, or to say something to someone about something they've done that bothers you. Rather than letting things go, when people are rude to you you should confront them.

Confront derives from the Latin con- "with" and -front "front." You can confront a sad truth, you can confront a person by calling them on their behavior, you can confront someone with the fact that they have terrible breath. You can be confronted, too—on the trip through the mountains, we were confronted by the impassibility of the road.

Definitions of confront
  1. verb
    oppose, as in hostility or a competition
    “You must confront your opponent”
    “The two enemies finally confronted each other”
    synonyms: face
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    breast, front
    confront bodily
    take the bull by the horns
    face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
    match, oppose, pit, play off
    set into opposition or rivalry
    type of:
    encounter, meet, play, take on
    contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
  2. verb
    present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
    “We confronted him with the evidence”
    synonyms: face, present
    face, face up
    deal with (something unpleasant) head on
  3. verb
    be face to face with
    “The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume”
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    type of:
    face, front, look
    be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
  4. verb
    deal with (something unpleasant) head on
    “You must confront your problems”
    synonyms: face, face up
    face, present
    present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
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    stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
    tackle, take on, undertake
    accept as a challenge
    exert oneself to meet a challenge
    type of:
    approach, go about, set about
    begin to deal with
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