\ˈfāz \
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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That there was considerably less than a full house to watch him do so didn’t faze him. Bill Beuttler, BostonGlobe.com, "Passion and poetry from saxophonist JD Allen," 3 June 2018 Johnson shot 77 Saturday but didn’t seem that fazed by it. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Toughness the Key for Contenders at a Historically Difficult U.S. Open," 16 June 2018 In any case, Jenner didn’t seem too fazed by North’s embarrassment — North West has always been a little bit sassy, particularly to members of her own family. refinery29.com, "North West’s Weird Grandma Kris Jenner Is Embarrassing Her At School," 2 June 2018 His humorous excuse doesn't faze his owner, but is sure to get a laugh out of you. Kelly Potts, Woman's Day, "Funny Video Imagines How Dogs Would Apologize If They Could Talk," 29 Oct. 2014 Even though these are, well, fake accounts, Wall Street seems to have been fazed by the idea that Twitter will now make less revenue from advertisers. David Meyer, Fortune, "Xiaomi Surge, Trade War and Tesla, Uber and Lime: CEO Daily for July 10, 2018," 10 July 2018 The positive response on Thursday is a fresh signal that central banks’ decadelong sway over markets is set to stay, even as unconventional stimulus like bond-buying is fazed out, investors said. Jon Sindreu And Riva Gold, WSJ, "Rates Back In Driving Seat For Markets, As ECB Ends Bond Buying," 14 June 2018 Little seems to faze Nina, who has cultivated an attitude of unwavering, Ambien-like detachment. Leah Mirakhor, latimes.com, "The fraught lives of Angelenos and their real estate are the focus of Lydia Millet's superb 'Fight No More'," 8 June 2018 The crowd noise may approach jet engine levels, but that doesn’t seem to faze anyone. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Food Market still draws crowds, delivers imaginative fare in Hampden," 31 May 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


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Kids Definition of faze

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

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