1 front part of the head
angelic, beautiful, cute, handsome, lovely, perfect, pleasant, pretty, sweet
plain, terrible, ugly
colourless/colorless, grey/gray, pale, pallid, white
flushed, pink, red, ruddy

Her face was flushed after her run.

heart-shaped, oval, round, square
bearded, freckled, unshaven
lined, wrinkled
fat, plump

She had a plump, pretty face.

gaunt, haggard, lean, pinched, thin, wizened
craggy, rugged

a craggy face with deep-set eyes and bushy brows


Her short hair suited her elfin face.

happy, smiling
tear-stained, tear-streaked (esp. AmE)

She has a beautiful, oval face.

tilt, turn

She turned her face away.

He tilted her face up to his.

bury, cover, hide
look, peer, stare

A face peered around the door at him.

in the/sb's face

The ball hit him in the face.

His eyes were sunken in his gaunt face.

on the/sb's face

She put some powder on her face.

a sea of faces (= many faces)

From the stage, he looked down at a sea of faces.

2 expression on sb's face
animated, cheerful, friendly, grinning, happy, radiant, smiling

the sight of Sarah's smiling face beaming up at him


She drew a little yellow smiley face.

anxious, concerned, troubled, worried
frightened, shocked, surprised

She made a disgusted face at that and walked away.

angry, furious
hard, set, stern

His face was set and hard.

grave, grim, serious, solemn
long, sad

The news for the company isn't good, judging from the long faces in the boardroom.


She made a funny face and gave a snorting sort of laugh.

honest, innocent, kind
expressive, open

She looked at the honest, open face of her husband.

blank, expressionless, impassive, poker

His face remained impassive, so strong was his self-control.

make, pull

What are you pulling a face at now?


He searched her face for some clue as to what she meant.

appear on, cross, spread across

A slight smirk appeared on his face.

A wry smile crossed his face.

look, seem

His face looked a little confused.

grow, turn

Her face suddenly grew serious.

brighten, glow, light up

Her little face lit up when I gave her the present.

beam, smile

The face smiled benignly at him.

break into a smile

Her face broke into a wide smile.

cloud, crumple, drop, fall

Her face crumpled and she started crying.

‘I can't come,’ she said. His face fell.


His face cleared and she smiled back.

darken, harden, set

Her face darkened with anger.

His face set in grim lines.


The father's face softened as he hugged his little boy.

burn, flame, flush, go red, redden

Jack's face flushed with embarrassment.

go white, pale

Her face paled with fright.

contort, crease, pucker, tighten, twist

Her face contorted in pain.

betray sth, reveal sth, show sth

Her face betrayed no emotion at all.

on sb's face

She had a big smile on her face.

a face like thunder (= a very angry face) (BrE)

Mr Hibbs came in with a face like thunder.

keep a straight face (= not laugh or smile, although you find sth funny)
an/the expression on sb's face, a/the look on sb's face

The look on his face was priceless.

a grin on sb's face, a smile on sb's face, a smirk on sb's face
a frown on sb's face

He had a slight frown on his face.

3 front part/side of sth
front, rear
North, South, etc.

We slowly climbed the steep face of the crag.

cliff, rock
face down, face downwards/downward

She placed the cards face down on the table.

face up, face upwards/upward
4 person
familiar, old

I looked around for a familiar face.

I'm so bored with seeing the same old faces!

different, fresh, new, strange, unfamiliar
famous, well-known

a restaurant where you often see famous faces

5 particular character/aspect of sth

bureaucracy with a human face

acceptable, unacceptable (both esp. BrE)

Social deprivation is the unacceptable face of capitalism.


He has become the public face of the company.


the changing face of Britain

entire, whole

This discovery changed the whole face of science.

Face is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑challenge, ↑country, ↑danger, ↑dilemma, ↑door, ↑flat, ↑house, ↑immigrant, ↑industry, ↑issue, ↑palm, ↑peril, ↑problem, ↑room, ↑task, ↑wall, ↑window
Face is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accusation, ↑allegation, ↑altar, ↑annihilation, ↑army, ↑arrest, ↑assault, ↑axe, ↑backlash, ↑bankruptcy, ↑barrage, ↑barrier, ↑batter, ↑battle, ↑bill, ↑blackboard, ↑camera, ↑catastrophe, ↑censure, ↑challenge, ↑challenger, ↑chaos, ↑charge, ↑choice, ↑closure, ↑collapse, ↑competition, ↑competitor, ↑consequence, ↑constraint, ↑court martial, ↑courtyard, ↑crisis, ↑criticism, ↑cross-examination, ↑crossroads, ↑crowd, ↑cut, ↑danger, ↑deadline, ↑death, ↑decision, ↑defeat, ↑deficit, ↑delay, ↑demand, ↑demon, ↑deportation, ↑depression, ↑destiny, ↑detention, ↑difficulty, ↑dilemma, ↑direction, ↑disadvantage, ↑disappointment, ↑disaster, ↑discrimination, ↑dismissal, ↑enemy, ↑enquiry, ↑eviction, ↑execution, ↑expulsion, ↑extinction, ↑extradition, ↑fact, ↑famine, ↑fate, ↑fear, ↑fight, ↑fine, ↑firing squad, ↑future, ↑hardship, ↑hazard, ↑hostility, ↑humiliation, ↑hurdle, ↑imprisonment, ↑indictment, ↑intimidation, ↑issue, ↑jail, ↑justice, ↑limitation, ↑mankind, ↑mirror, ↑mountain, ↑mutiny, ↑nightmare, ↑obstacle, ↑onslaught, ↑opponent, ↑opposition, ↑oppression, ↑ordeal, ↑penalty, ↑peril, ↑persecution, ↑pitcher, ↑possibility, ↑predicament, ↑prejudice, ↑pressure, ↑prison, ↑problem, ↑prosecution, ↑prospect, ↑punishment, ↑question, ↑questioning, ↑reality, ↑rear, ↑redundancy, ↑repatriation, ↑reprisal, ↑resistance, ↑retaliation, ↑revolt, ↑ridicule, ↑rigour, ↑risk, ↑rival, ↑roadblock, ↑ruin, ↑sack, ↑scrutiny, ↑sentence, ↑setback, ↑shake-up, ↑shortage, ↑showdown, ↑situation, ↑spectre, ↑starvation, ↑storm, ↑struggle, ↑suit, ↑suspension, ↑task, ↑termination, ↑test, ↑threat, ↑tragedy, ↑trauma, ↑trial, ↑tribunal, ↑truth, ↑uncertainty, ↑unemployment, ↑unknown, ↑wait, ↑wall, ↑world, ↑wrath

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