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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
That Rudy made this claim the same morning as the Parkland, Florida, students held their graduation ceremony did not faze the attorney-cum-spokesmodel.
In addition to its impact in the workplace, Alaska demographic changes also have ramification for certain kinds of businesses, Fried said, while other aspects of an economy are not that fazed by broad changes in demographics.
Another 22% feel that being friendly with a former flame is a warning sign, but the ex connection doesn't faze a staggering 78%.
Before the tournament, Lalas told USA TODAY Sports that he was not fazed by Russia's mixed reputation in America.
Jetta Mays, Wauwatosa East: The Red Raiders freshman hasn’t been fazed by the competition so far.
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North Korea have invested in Han, as have Cagliari, who were not fazed by Han's controversial political situation.
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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.
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
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