\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Even with the twists and turns that Vevo has already faced since launching in December 2009, McGurn isn’t fazed by the curveballs. Bailey Pennick, Fortune, "How Vevo’s Artistic and Scientific Approach to Music Videos Is Paying Off After 10 Years," 20 Dec. 2019 The Bulldogs have faced plenty of adversity already, so don’t expect them to be fazed. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Gonzaga at Arizona odds, picks and best bets," 14 Dec. 2019 This will be a fresh start' Having grown up in Houghton, Michigan, Cappo is not fazed by the cold winters. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A huge weight was lifted off me': A veteran was gifted a mortgage-free, custom-built home in Menomonee Falls," 25 Nov. 2019 Watching his possible challengers, Mr Trump did not appear to be fazed in the slightest. The Economist, "The Democrats hold their first presidential primary debate," 27 June 2019 But the ups, downs and uncertainty don’t faze this team much; many key players are just pacing even-keeled at extraordinary rates. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Three stats to know as the Athletics enter regular season home stretch," 14 Sep. 2019 Nearly seven years later, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told CBS News that being in the spotlight never fazed him. Musadiq Bidar, CBS News, "Once a rising star, Julian Castro looks to stand out at Detroit debate," 29 July 2019 In an interview with Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Zendaya revealed that Lindsay's comments didn't really faze her. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "A Detailed Timeline of Zendaya and Lindsay Lohan's Feud," 26 June 2019 The Twins showed once again that the pitching opponent just doesn’t faze them, jumping on Blake Snell, last year’s American League Cy Young winner, and knocking him out of the game early. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins beat Cy Young winner Snell, Rays," 25 June 2019

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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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“Faze.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faze. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce faze (audio)

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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