confront


confront
verb (T)
1 to behave in a threatening way towards someone, as though you are going to attack them: Opening the door, he found himself confronted by a dozen policemen with guns.
2 to deal with something very difficult or unpleasant in a brave and determined way: We try to help people confront their problems.
3 (usually passive) to suddenly appear and need to be dealt with: On my first day at work I was confronted with the task of chairing a meeting.
4 to accuse someone of doing something by showing them the proof: confront sb with the evidence/proof: When the police confronted her with the evidence, she admitted everything.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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