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I UK [feɪs] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "face":
singular face plural faces
1) the front part of your head, where your eyes, nose, and mouth are

She wiped her face.

He had a big smile on his face.

The ball hit me in the face.

a) the expression on someone's face, that shows how they are feeling

Marsha came back in with a worried face.

b) used for referring to a person
a familiar face (= someone you know or recognize):

It was very nice to see all the familiar faces again.

a new face (= someone you did not know before):

Look out for a couple of new faces in the team.

2) a side of a mountain or building that is high and very steep

the north face of the Eiger

a cliff face

3) one side of a coin
a) the way that something looks or appears to people
the face of something:

players who changed the face of tennis

b) the qualities that something such as an organization has, or wants people to think it has

This is the new face of banking in America.

5) maths one flat side of an object such as a cube (= a shape with six square sides)
6) the open front part of the goal, especially in football

The ball flashed across the face of the goal.

7) the front of a clock, where the numbers are

from/off the face of the earth — used for emphasizing that something does not exist anywhere or cannot be found anywhere

Steve has disappeared off the face of the earth.

make/pull a face — to put a silly or rude expression on your face, or an expression that shows you dislike someone or something

Mike pulled a face at the food and took his plate over to Helen's table.

put/get your face oninformal if a woman puts her face on, she puts make-up on

It's eight o'clock already and I haven't even got my face on.

blue I, brave I, egg I, fly I, in-your-face, laugh I, lose, pretty II, save I, show I, straight II, write

II UK [feɪs] / US verb
Word forms "face":
present tense I/you/we/they face he/she/it faces present participle facing past tense faced past participle faced
a) [transitive] to be opposite someone or something so that your face or front is towards them

The two men faced each other across the table.

I turned to face the sun.

b) [intransitive/transitive] if something faces in a particular direction, its front is pointing or turned in that direction
face onto/towards/away from:

The building faces onto a busy road.

face upwards/downwards/inwards/outwards:

Keep your hands by your sides with the palms facing inwards.

face north/south etc:

My dining room faces north.

2) [transitive] if you face a problem, or if it faces you, it is likely or certain to happen and you have to deal with it

How to combine a career and children is a dilemma facing many women.

be faced with/by something:

The country is now faced with the prospect of war.

face doing something:

Many of the shipyard workers face losing their jobs.

3) face or face up to
[transitive] to accept that a bad situation exists and try to deal with it

We have to face the reality that, so far, the treaty has had little effect.

I decided I must face up to the truth.

face (up to) the fact that:

She had to face the fact that she still missed him.

4) [transitive] to talk to someone or to deal with someone although this is difficult or embarrassing

I'll never be able to face her again after what happened.

5) [transitive] to have to compete against a person or team, especially one that is likely to beat you

Torquay face Liverpool on Saturday.

face charges/counts (of something) — to be accused officially of committing a crime

He faces charges of homicide and crimes against humanity.

(let's) face itspoken used before saying something that people might not want to accept, although it is true

Let's face it, unless we plan ahead we are going to be in trouble.

Phrasal verbs:

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