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English noun: face

1. face (body) the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

SamplesHe washed his face.
I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news.

Synonymshuman face

Broader (hypernym)external body part

Narrower (hyponym)countenance, kisser, mug, phiz, physiognomy, smiler, visage

Part holonymbeard, brow, brow, cheek, chin, eye, eyebrow, face fungus, facial, facial muscle, facial nerve, facial vein, feature, forehead, jaw, jowl, lineament, mentum, mouth, nervus facialis, nose, oculus, olfactory organ, optic, seventh cranial nerve, supercilium, vena facialis, whiskers

Part meronymcaput, head, homo, human, human being, man

2. face (attribute) the feelings expressed on a person's face

SamplesA sad expression.
A look of triumph.
An angry face.

Synonymsaspect, expression, facial expression, look

Broader (hypernym)countenance, visage

Narrower (hyponym)leer, light, spark, sparkle, twinkle

3. face (attribute) the general outward appearance of something

SamplesThe face of the city is changing.

Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

4. face (artifact) the striking or working surface of an implement

Broader (hypernym)surface

Part meronymclub head, club-head, clubhead, golf-club head, head, racket, racquet

5. face (person) a part of a person that is used to refer to a person

SamplesHe looked out at a roomful of faces.
When he returned to work he met many new faces.

Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Domain usagesynecdoche

6. face (location) a surface forming part of the outside of an object

SamplesHe examined all sides of the crystal.
Dew dripped from the face of the leaf.


Broader (hypernym)surface

Narrower (hyponym)back end, backside, beam-ends, bottom, forepart, front, front end, lee, lee side, leeward, rear, top, top side, underside, undersurface, upper side, upside, windward

7. face (body) the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

Broader (hypernym)external body part

Narrower (hyponym)muzzle

Part meronymanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

8. face (artifact) the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)

SamplesHe dealt the cards face down.

Broader (hypernym)front

Narrower (hyponym)clock dial, clock face, dial

Part meronymplaying card, ticker, watch

9. face (communication) a contorted facial expression

SamplesShe made a grimace at the prospect.


Broader (hypernym)facial expression, facial gesture

Narrower (hyponym)moue, pout, wry face

10. face (communication) a specific size and style of type within a type family

Synonymscase, font, fount, typeface

Broader (hypernym)type

Narrower (hyponym)bicameral script, black letter, bold, bold face, boldface, cartridge font, constant-width font, fixed-width font, font cartridge, Gothic, Helvetica, italic, monospaced font, proportional font, raster font, sans serif, screen font, typewriter font, unicameral script

Member meronymtype family

11. face (attribute) status in the eyes of others

SamplesHe lost face.

Broader (hypernym)position, status

12. face (attribute) impudent aggressiveness

SamplesI couldn't believe her boldness.
He had the effrontery to question my honesty.

Synonymsboldness, brass, cheek, nerve

Broader (hypernym)aggressiveness

Narrower (hyponym)audaciousness, audacity

13. face (artifact) a vertical surface of a building or cliff

Broader (hypernym)vertical surface

Narrower (hyponym)coalface, perpendicular

English verb: face

1. face (communication) deal with (something unpleasant) head on

SamplesYou must confront your problems.
He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes.

Synonymsconfront, face up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)approach, go about, set about

Narrower (hyponym)tackle, take on, undertake

Verb groupconfront, face, present


2. face (competition) oppose, as in hostility or a competition

SamplesYou must confront your opponent.
Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring.
The two enemies finally confronted each other.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)encounter, meet, play, take on

Narrower (hyponym)breast, front, match, oppose, pit, play off, take the bull by the horns

3. face (stative) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

SamplesThe house looks north.
My backyard look onto the pond.
The building faces the park.

ExamplesHis fields face mine at this point

Synonymsfront, look

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

Narrower (hyponym)confront

Verb groupface


4. face (stative) be opposite

SamplesThe facing page.
The two sofas face each other.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupface, front, look

5. face (motion) turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction

SamplesTurn and face your partner now.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)turn

Verb groupface

6. face (communication) present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

SamplesWe confronted him with the evidence.
He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions.
An enormous dilemma faces us.

Synonymsconfront, present

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Verb groupconfront, face, face up

7. face (perception) turn so as to expose the face

SamplesFace a playing card.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disclose, expose

Verb groupface

8. face (contact) line the edge (of a garment) with a different material

SamplesFace the lapels of the jacket.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)line

Narrower (hyponym)reface

Verb groupface

9. face (contact) cover the front or surface of

SamplesThe building was faced with beautiful stones.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)reface, revet

Verb groupface

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