Definition of face to face in US English:

face to face

adjective & adverb

  • 1With the people involved being close together and looking directly at each other.

    as adjective ‘a face-to-face conversation’
    as adverb ‘the two men stood face to face’
    • ‘Denise stared miserably at the screen, wishing it could be a face-to-face conversation.’
    • ‘In the office, emails and instant messaging are sending face-to-face meetings into extinction.’
    • ‘It is amazing how a quick face-to-face meeting or conversation can lead to great things down the road.’
    • ‘Their face-to-face meeting during their weeks together developed into love.’
    • ‘In this age of Internet, families still prefer face-to-face interaction.’
    • ‘Unlike the phone, or a face-to-face conversation, you don't need to answer right away on the internet.’
    • ‘The groups consisted of three people, some operating face-to-face, some operating online.’
    • ‘Council employees are being asked to pick up the telephone instead, or even engage in face-to-face conversations.’
    • ‘Although smallpox can be spread by air currents, close face-to-face contact is far more effective.’
    • ‘Already we've reduced the amount of face-to-face contact in most institutions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I only wish I could sit down with each person, face-to-face, and do these questions.’
    • ‘The site then sets up face-to-face meetings for those individuals to get together.’
    • ‘Frankly, I'm pretty much as honest in face-to-face conversations, but not always.’
    • ‘I'm just as neurotic in written conversations as I am in face-to-face ones.’
    • ‘With no time for face-to-face friendships she relies on e-mail.’
    • ‘The on-screen conversations soon led to face-to-face meetings and social events.’
    • ‘As a society, we are becoming less adept at talking face-to-face and conversational skills are suffering.’
    • ‘Now, he hoped, technology could help people meet each other and build real face-to-face ties with people.’
    • ‘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.’
    stand up to, outface, cow, overawe, intimidate, browbeat, confront, beard, outstare, stare down, stare out, defy
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    1. 1.1as adverb In direct confrontation.
      ‘he came face to face with a tiger’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/ˈfās tə ˈfās/