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Examples of faze in a Sentence
You'll never succeed as a writer if you let a little bit of criticism faze you.
the collapse of part of the scenery didn't faze the actors one bit, and they just carried on
Recent Examples of faze from the Web
Charles Bradley only recently returned to performing after six months of treatment for stomach cancer and the soul survivor didn't appear fazed.
None of FC Cincinnati's players and technical staffers are fazed by the situation, though.
He's not fazed by a firecracker, but when the boy hears a gunshot, his reaction is take cover in the house, Jackson said.
After her first pregnancy, Sarah told Cosmopolitan.com that she wasn't fazed by her subtle baby belly.
Jumping into the type of self-regulatory environment favored by the financial, advertising and alcohol industries doesn’t faze Parco.
Picking up another rival to deal with as well as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving didn’t seem to faze the Warriors much.
It hasn’t fazed Caltrans' geologists and engineers, though.
Apparently, fungi are not fazed by prime numbers, unlike predators who don’t live long enough to develop a habit of dining on cicada broods.
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Phase and faze
Phase and faze are homophones (words pronounced alike but different in meaning, derivation, or spelling) that may easily be confused. Despite the similarity in pronunciation, these words bear little semantic resemblance to one another.
Although phase can function as a verb – it is found especially in combinations such as phase out, phase in, and phase into, meaning “to end, begin, etc. in phases” – the word is most commonly encountered as a noun, in which it typically carries a meaning related to steps in a process, cycles, or stages of development (as in “phases of the moon”).
Faze is generally used only as a verb, and means “to daunt or disconcert.” It often appears in negative expressions such as “it didn’t faze her a bit” or “nothing fazes him.”
Did You Know?
Faze is a youngster among English words, relatively speaking; it first appeared in English in the early 1800s. That may not seem especially young, but consider that when faze first showed up in print in English, the works of Shakespeare were already over 200 years old, the works of Chaucer over 400 years old, and the Old English epic Beowulf was at least 800 years old. Faze is an alteration of the now-rare verb "feeze," which has the obsolete sense "to drive (someone or something) away" and which, by the 1400s, was also being used with the meaning "to frighten or put into a state of alarm." Feeze (fesen in Middle English and fēsian in Old English) is first known to have appeared in print in the late 800s, making it older than even the oldest extant copy of Beowulf in manuscript.
Origin and Etymology of faze
alteration of feeze to drive away, frighten, from Middle English fesen, from Old English fēsian to drive away
First Known Use: 1830See Words from the same year
FAZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of faze for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel afraid or uncertain
FAZE Defined for Kids
Definition of faze for Students
: to cause to hesitate or feel fear Nothing fazes her.
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