verb \i-ˈfās, e-\

: to cause (something) to fade or disappear


Full Definition of EFFACE

transitive verb
:  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>
:  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


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