Dictionary

efface

verb ef·face \i-ˈfās, e-\

: to cause (something) to fade or disappear

ef·facedef·fac·ing

Full Definition of EFFACE

transitive verb
1
:  to eliminate or make indistinct by or as if by wearing away a surface <coins with dates effaced by wear>; also :  to cause to vanish <daylight effaced the stars>
2
:  to make (oneself) modestly or shyly inconspicuous
ef·face·able \-ˈfā-sə-bəl\ adjective
ef·face·ment \-ˈfās-mənt\ noun
ef·fac·er noun

Examples of EFFACE

  1. coins with dates effaced by wear
  2. a memory effaced by time

Origin of EFFACE

Middle English, from Anglo-French esfacer, effacer, from e- + face face
First Known Use: 15th century
EFFACE Defined for Kids

efface

verb ef·face \i-ˈfās\
ef·facedef·fac·ing

Definition of EFFACE for Kids

:  to cause to fade or disappear <… she wished to efface the memory of yesterday's failure … — Louisa May Alcott, Little Women>

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: effect (noun)Previous Word in the Dictionary: effableAll Words Near: efface
July 02, 2015
apprehension Hear it
comprehension or the fear of future evil
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears