face up to

face up to
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feys uhp too]
    • /feɪs ʌp tu/
    • /feɪs ʌp tuː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys uhp too]
    • /feɪs ʌp tu/

Definitions of face up to words

  • noun face up to the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin. 1
  • noun face up to a look or expression on this part: a sad face. 1
  • noun face up to 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 up to cosmetics; makeup: Excuse me while I go to the powder room to put on my face. 1
  • noun face up to impudence; boldness: to have the face to ask such a rude question. 1
  • noun face up to 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 up to

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 up to


face up to 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".

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Synonyms for face up to

verb face up to

  • defy — If you defy someone or something that is trying to make you behave in a particular way, you refuse to obey them and behave in that way.
  • resist — to withstand, strive against, or oppose: to resist infection; to resist temptation.
  • accost — If someone accosts another person, especially a stranger, they stop them or go up to them and speak to them in a way that seems rude or threatening.
  • repel — to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).
  • oppose — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

Antonyms for face up to

verb face up to

  • 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.
  • avoid — If you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
  • dodge — to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
  • back down — If you back down, you withdraw a claim, demand, or commitment that you made earlier, because other people are strongly opposed to it.
  • yield — to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation: This farm yields enough fruit to meet all our needs.

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