Definition of face to face in English:

face to face

adverb & adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘The groups consisted of three people, some operating face-to-face, some operating online.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the office, emails and instant messaging are sending face-to-face meetings into extinction.’
    • ‘As a society, we are becoming less adept at talking face-to-face and conversational skills are suffering.’
    • ‘Unlike the phone, or a face-to-face conversation, you don't need to answer right away on the internet.’
    • ‘Denise stared miserably at the screen, wishing it could be a face-to-face conversation.’
    • ‘I'm just as neurotic in written conversations as I am in face-to-face ones.’
    • ‘Now, he hoped, technology could help people meet each other and build real face-to-face ties with people.’
    • ‘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 on-screen conversations soon led to face-to-face meetings and social events.’
    • ‘It is amazing how a quick face-to-face meeting or conversation can lead to great things down the road.’
    • ‘The site then sets up face-to-face meetings for those individuals to get together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Frankly, I'm pretty much as honest in face-to-face conversations, but not always.’
    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’
      • ‘I'd far rather go down in a face-to-face challenge, not after some insidious little campaign of back-biting.’
      • ‘The two have a little face-to-face, before the referee coolly calms the situation.’
      • ‘He has already spent the equivalent of six years travelling and his adventures have brought him face-to-face with many challenges.’
      • ‘However, second generation migrants are brought face-to-face with the hypocrisies in any society.’
      • ‘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

/ˈfās tə ˈfās/