(noun, verb)


1. the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

- he washed his face

- I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news

Definition categories: body

2. the feelings expressed on a person's face

- an angry face

Similar word(s): aspect, expression, look

Definition categories: attribute, countenance, visage

3. the general outward appearance of something

- the face of the city is changing

Definition categories: attribute, appearance

4. the striking or working surface of an implement

Definition categories: man–made, surface

5. a part of a person that is used to refer to a person

- he looked out at a roomful of faces

- when he returned to work he met many new faces

Definition categories: person, individual, mortal, somebody, someone, soul

6. a surface forming part of the outside of an object

- dew dripped from the face of the leaf

- they travelled across the face of the continent

Similar word(s): side

Definition categories: location, surface

7. the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

Definition categories: body

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

- he dealt the cards face down

Definition categories: man–made, front

9. a contorted facial expression

Similar word(s): grimace

Definition categories: communication

10. a specific size and style of type within a type family

Similar word(s): case, font, fount, typeface

Definition categories: communication, type

11. status in the eyes of others

- he lost face

Definition categories: attribute, position, status

12. impudent aggressiveness

Similar word(s): boldness, brass, cheek, nerve

Definition categories: attribute, aggressiveness

13. a vertical surface of a building or cliff

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with face as a noun:

- She has a pretty face.

- Why the sad face?

- The face of this company.  He managed to show a bold face despite his embarrassment.

- The face of the cliff loomed above them.

- to fly in the face of danger;  to speak before the face of God

- They turned to boat into the face of the storm.

- a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face

- Put a big sign on each face of the building that can be seen from the road.  They climbed the north face of the mountain.  She wanted to wipe him off the face of the earth.

- Shut your face!  He's always stuffing his face with chips.

- I'll be out in a sec. Just let me put on my face.

- The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback.


1. deal with (something unpleasant) head on

- He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes

Similar word(s): confront

Definition categories: communication, approach

2. oppose, as in hostility or a competition

- Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring

Similar word(s): confront

Definition categories: competition, encounter, meet, play

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

- The building faces the park

Similar word(s): front, look

Definition categories: stative, lie

4. be opposite

- the two sofas face each other

Definition categories: stative, be

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

- Turn and face your partner now

Definition categories: motion, turn

6. present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

- He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions

- An enormous dilemma faces us

Similar word(s): confront, present

Definition categories: communication

7. turn so as to expose the face

- face a playing card

Definition categories: perception, disclose, expose, uncover

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

- face the lapels of the jacket

Definition categories: contact, line

9. cover the front or surface of

- The building was faced with beautiful stones

Definition categories: contact, cover

Sentences with face as a verb:

- Face the sun.

- Turn the chair so it faces the table.

- I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.

- The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.

- a building faced with marble

- to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress