Definition of face-to-face in English:

face-to-face

adverb & adjective

  • 1(of two people) close together and facing each other:

    [as adjective] ‘a face-to-face conversation’
    [as adverb] ‘the two men stood face-to-face’
    • ‘Although smallpox can be spread by air currents, close face-to-face contact is far more effective.’
    • ‘In the office, emails and instant messaging are sending face-to-face meetings into extinction.’
    • ‘Who knows, if we all set up a web cam we will actually be able to sit down in our respective homes and have a face-to-face conversation.’
    • ‘Now, he hoped, technology could help people meet each other and build real face-to-face ties with people.’
    • ‘I'm just as neurotic in written conversations as I am in face-to-face ones.’
    • ‘The on-screen conversations soon led to face-to-face meetings and social events.’
    • ‘Frankly, I'm pretty much as honest in face-to-face conversations, but not always.’
    • ‘It is amazing how a quick face-to-face meeting or conversation can lead to great things down the road.’
    • ‘As a society, we are becoming less adept at talking face-to-face and conversational skills are suffering.’
    • ‘Denise stared miserably at the screen, wishing it could be a face-to-face conversation.’
    • ‘Council employees are being asked to pick up the telephone instead, or even engage in face-to-face conversations.’
    • ‘Already we've reduced the amount of face-to-face contact in most institutions.’
    • ‘Their face-to-face meeting during their weeks together developed into love.’
    • ‘In this age of Internet, families still prefer face-to-face interaction.’
    • ‘The groups consisted of three people, some operating face-to-face, some operating online.’
    • ‘The site then sets up face-to-face meetings for those individuals to get together.’
    • ‘It was no ordinary bus tour, but one that would bring him face-to-face with fans who had won a contest to be there with him.’
    • ‘Unlike the phone, or a face-to-face conversation, you don't need to answer right away on the internet.’
    • ‘With no time for face-to-face friendships she relies on e-mail.’
    • ‘I only wish I could sit down with each person, face-to-face, and do these questions.’
    stand up to, outface, cow, overawe, intimidate, browbeat, confront, beard, outstare, stare down, stare out, defy
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    1. 1.1[as adverb] In direct confrontation:
      ‘he brings his readers face-to-face with situations they would rather not confront’
      • ‘He has already spent the equivalent of six years travelling and his adventures have brought him face-to-face with many challenges.’
      • ‘The two have a little face-to-face, before the referee coolly calms the situation.’
      • ‘However, second generation migrants are brought face-to-face with the hypocrisies in any society.’
      • ‘I'd far rather go down in a face-to-face challenge, not after some insidious little campaign of back-biting.’
      • ‘While the series was conceived as a way to bring Americans face-to-face with the reality of death, it did lose something of its impact as the show wore on.’
      face to face, personally, in person, without an intermediary, at first hand, head on, direct, man to man
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Pronunciation

face-to-face

/ˌfeɪstəˈfeɪs/