efface

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verb ef·face \i-ˈfās, e-\

Definition of efface

effaced

effacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to make (oneself) modestly or shyly inconspicuous

effaceable

play \-ˈfā-sə-bəl\ adjective

effacement

play \-ˈfās-mənt\ noun

effacer

noun

Examples of efface in a sentence

  1. coins with dates effaced by wear

  2. a memory effaced by time

Origin and Etymology of efface

Middle English, from Anglo-French esfacer, effacer, from e- + face face


First Known Use: 15th century


EFFACE Defined for English Language Learners

efface

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verb ef·face \i-ˈfās, e-\

Definition of efface for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something) to fade or disappear


EFFACE Defined for Kids

efface

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verb ef·face \i-ˈfās\

Definition of efface for Students

effaced

effacing

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



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