face down

face down
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feys doun]
    • /feɪs daʊn/
    • /feɪs daʊn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys doun]
    • /feɪs daʊn/

Definitions of face down words

  • noun face down Also, face-down. Informal. a direct confrontation; showdown. 1
  • verb with object face down to look toward or in the direction of: to face the light. 1
  • verb with object face down to have the front toward or permit a view of: The building faces Fifth Avenue. The bedroom faces the park. 1
  • verb with object face down to confront directly: to be faced with a problem; to face the future confidently. 1
  • verb with object face down to confront courageously, boldly, or impudently (usually followed by down or out): He could always face down his detractors. 1
  • verb with object face down to oppose or to meet defiantly: to face fearful odds; Army faces Navy in today's football game. 1

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Origin of face down

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 down


face down 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 down usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for face down

verb face down

  • contend — If you have to contend with a problem or difficulty, you have to deal with it or overcome it.
  • squabble — to engage in a petty quarrel.
  • disagree — to fail to agree; differ: The conclusions disagree with the facts. The theories disagree in their basic premises.
  • quibble — an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
  • dispute — to engage in argument or debate.

adj face down

  • flat — horizontally level: a flat roof.
  • horizontal — at right angles to the vertical; parallel to level ground.
  • level — having no part higher than another; having a flat or even surface.
  • prostrate — to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration.
  • recumbent — lying down; reclining; leaning.

Antonyms for face down

verb face down

  • give in — to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow: to give a birthday present to someone.
  • concur — If one person concurs with another person, the two people agree. You can also say that two people concur.
  • harmonize — to bring into harmony, accord, or agreement: to harmonize one's views with the new situation.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • comply — If someone or something complies with an order or set of rules, they are in accordance with what is required or expected.

adj face down

  • sitting — the act of a person or thing that sits.
  • unlikely — not likely to be or occur; improbable; marked by doubt.
  • straight — without a bend, angle, or curve; not curved; direct: a straight path.
  • upright — erect or vertical, as in position or posture.
  • improbably — not probable; unlikely to be true or to happen: Rain is improbable tonight.

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