F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feys]
    • /feɪs/
    • /feɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys]
    • /feɪs/

Definitions of face word

  • noun face the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin. 1
  • noun face a look or expression on this part: a sad face. 1
  • noun face an expression or look that indicates ridicule, disgust, etc.; grimace: The child put on a face when told to go to bed. 1
  • noun face cosmetics; makeup: Excuse me while I go to the powder room to put on my face. 1
  • noun face impudence; boldness: to have the face to ask such a rude question. 1
  • noun face outward appearance: These are just old problems with new faces. The future presented a fair face to the fortunate youth. 1

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Origin of face

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (v.) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun

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Parts of speech for Face


face popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

face usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for face

noun face

  • look — to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see: He looked toward the western horizon and saw the returning planes.
  • light — a light product, as a beer or cigarette.
  • top — Technical/Office Protocol
  • mask — a form of aristocratic entertainment in England in the 16th and 17th centuries, originally consisting of pantomime and dancing but later including dialogue and song, presented in elaborate productions given by amateur and professional actors.
  • surface — the outer face, outside, or exterior boundary of a thing; outermost or uppermost layer or area.

verb face

  • risk — exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance: It's not worth the risk.
  • confront — If you are confronted with a problem, task, or difficulty, you have to deal with it.
  • challenge — A challenge is something new and difficult which requires great effort and determination.
  • fight — a battle or combat.
  • oppose — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

adjective face

  • robed — a long, loose or flowing gown or outer garment worn by men or women as ceremonial dress, an official vestment, or garb of office.
  • facer — a person or thing that faces.

Antonyms for face

noun face

  • reality — the state or quality of being real.
  • grin — to smile broadly, especially as an indication of pleasure, amusement, or the like.
  • back — If you move back, you move in the opposite direction to the one in which you are facing or in which you were moving before.
  • behind — If something is behind a thing or person, it is on the other side of them from you, or nearer their back rather than their front.
  • rear — the back of something, as distinguished from the front: The porch is at the rear of the house.

verb face

  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.

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