\ ˈfāz How to pronounce faze (audio) \
fazed; fazing

Definition of faze

transitive verb

: to disturb the composure of : disconcert, daunt Nothing fazed her. Criticism did not seem to faze the writer.

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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.

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

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Nola never seems to get fazed no matter what the situation is. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies rookie Scott Kingery finally breaks through | Extra Innings," 13 June 2018 While de Gelder was worried his past experience would spook Rousey, she wasn’t fazed by the warning. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Ronda Rousey goes 'Uncaged' to feed sharks in the wild for Discovery's 'Shark Week'," 23 July 2018 He may not be fazed by the fuss, but sure does understand it. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Augusta warms to story of Brockton firefighter Matt Parziale," 3 Apr. 2018 And the twins aren’t fazed by their dad being on TV. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Neil Patrick Harris on What It Was Like Working with His Kids on A Series of Unfortunate Events," 30 Mar. 2018 Puppy Cube still had to compete with both overhead light and afternoon sun, none of which fazed it appreciably. Lasting appeal There are two big questions a reviewer needs to answer about any new product: the first is, does the product work? Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Puppy Cube mini-review: 720p limits the potential, but it works surprisingly well," 30 Oct. 2018 That didn’t faze the model, who was recently spotted in an acid-wash Canadian tuxedo — aka a denim jacket with matching jeans — while spending some quality time with her fiancé Justin Bieber. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Wore Acid Wash Denim on a Date with Justin Bieber," 27 Aug. 2018 Shaik spoke to Fox News about leaving her native Australia for New York City at age 17, coping with discrimination and why she’s not fazed by temptation. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik recalls being bullied over her looks: 'I wasn't in a good place'," 25 Sep. 2018 Here's what Billboard saw on the set of the video shoot Moneybagg Yo isn’t fazed by Miami’s notorious rainy season. Tony Centeno, Billboard, "Moneybagg Yo and Wallway Pack Level Up In Their 'Nothin' To Somethin'' Video," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of faze

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faze

alteration of feeze to drive away, frighten, from Middle English fesen, from Old English fēsian to drive away

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English Language Learners Definition of faze

: to cause (someone) to feel afraid or uncertain


\ ˈfāz How to pronounce faze (audio) \
fazed; fazing

Kids Definition of faze

: to cause to hesitate or feel fear Nothing fazes her.

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