Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in the presence of another; facing: a face-to-face discussion.
  • adv. In person; directly: would rather talk face-to-face than negotiate over the telephone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A meeting, especially a meeting between two people conducted in person as opposed to a meeting conducted at a distance through technology.
  • adj. In one another's presence.
  • adv. this sense?) While physically present.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. without intervening persons; involving direct communication between persons in each other's presence; -- of conversation or confrontation.
  • adj. having the front parts facing each other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. directly facing each other
  • adv. within each other's presence
  • adj. in each other's presence

Etymologies

face + to + face (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What is it about telling your story in the room, face-to-face, that is so much more effective than written text or digital story-telling when it comes to persuasion?

    Arianna Huffington: Why Peter Guber's Book Tell to Win Is a Game Changer

  • In this study I shall try to be concerned with one type of regulation only, the kind that governs a person’s handling of himself and others during, and by virtue of, his immediate physical presence among them; what is called face-to-face or immediate interaction will be involved.

    Behavior in Public Places

  • They require an old-fashioned sales technique that long predates the digital age - what Carol Bartz, the Yahoo chief executive, calls "face-to-face relationship selling."

    NYT > Home Page

  • Religious tension can be exposed during interactions on a personal scale, as in face-to-face conversations.

    American Grace

  • In our face-to-face talks, we had spent a good deal of time dancing around the language of democracy and enfranchisement.

    The Good Fight

  • One advantage that slave women had over free women was that a rapist who attacked a woman he owned would have to live, face-to-face and every day, with the shame, resentment, disruption, and threats of violence that his act produced.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • At one centre in Oxford, telephone interviews with bipolar patients will replace face-to-face sessions with health professionals.

    NHS managers ordered to look at environmental impact of decisions

  • If they use information gleaned at these face-to-face meetings they are expected to execute their trades through the brokerage firm, which collects commissions.

    Inside Capitol, Investor Access Yields Rich Tips

  • When investors, for example, wanted to know how Congress would weigh in on the proposed merger between Express Scripts Inc. and Medco Health Solutions Inc., Mr. Williams set up a face-to-face session Dec. 1 with a top aide to Sen. Herb Kohl, the Wisconsin Democrat who chairs the Senate's antitrust subcommittee.

    Inside Capitol, Investor Access Yields Rich Tips

  • It also stopped requiring face-to-face interviews, switching to mail-in applications.

    N.Y. Medicaid Rolls Reach 5 Million

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