face Definition

  • 1the front part of a person's head from the forehead to the chin, or the corresponding part in an animal
  • 2the surface of an object that is presented to the view or that is normally seen or used first

Using face: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "face" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She has a beautiful face.

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    The statue has a serene face.

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    I recognized her face from the photograph.

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    The building has a modern glass face.

face Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for face

Idioms Using face

  • to avoid embarrassment or humiliation


    He apologized to his boss to save face after making a mistake.

  • to suffer a loss of respect or status


    The company lost face after the scandal was exposed.

  • to accept and deal with the reality of a situation


    It's time to face the facts and make some changes to our business strategy.

Phrases with face

  • in direct confrontation or communication with someone


    We need to talk face to face about this issue.

  • to act as if one is not afraid or worried, especially when faced with a difficult situation


    Even though she was nervous, she put on a brave face and gave the presentation.

  • to accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions


    He knew he had made a mistake and was ready to face the music.

Origins of face

from Old French 'faz', from Latin 'facies', meaning 'form, appearance'


Summary: face in Brief

The term 'face' [feɪs] refers to the front part of a person's head or the surface of an object that is presented to the view. It can be used to describe physical features, such as 'She has a beautiful face,' or non-physical objects, like 'The building has a modern glass face.' 'Face' is also used in phrases like 'face to face,' 'put on a brave face,' and idioms like 'to save face,' which means to avoid embarrassment.

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