face to face

face to face
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feys too feys]
    • /feɪs tu feɪs/
    • /feɪs tuː feɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys too feys]
    • /feɪs tu feɪs/

Definitions of face to face words

  • adjective face to face with the fronts or faces toward each other, especially when close together. 1
  • adjective face to face involving close contact or direct opposition: a face-to-face confrontation of adversaries. 1
  • adjective face to face noting, relating to, or promoting interaction that takes place in person, as opposed to online interaction or electronic communications: face-to-face classrooms. Abbreviation: f2f, F2F. 1
  • noun face to face the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin. 1
  • noun face to face a look or expression on this part: a sad face. 1
  • noun face to face an expression or look that indicates ridicule, disgust, etc.; grimace: The child put on a face when told to go to bed. 1

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Origin of face to face

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50

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Parts of speech for Face to face


face to face popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

face to face usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for face to face

adj face to face

  • facing — the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
  • man-to-man — characterized by directness, openness, etc.; frank and personal: He had a man-to-man talk with his son about sex.
  • one-on-one — consisting of or involving direct individual competition, confrontation, or communication; person-to-person: a one-on-one discussion.
  • woman-to-woman — characterized by directness, openness, etc., between women.
  • vis-a-vis — face to face: They sat vis-à-vis at the table.

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