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: a particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes
phases of the moon
: a distinguishable part in a course, development, or cycle
the early phases of her career
: an aspect or part (as of a problem) under consideration
: the point or stage in a period of uniform circular motion, harmonic motion, or the periodic changes of any magnitude varying according to a simple harmonic law to which the rotation, oscillation, or variation has advanced from its standard position or assumed instant of starting
: a homogeneous, physically distinct, and mechanically separable portion of matter present in a nonhomogeneous physicochemical system
: an individual or subgroup distinguishably different in appearance or behavior from the norm of the group to which it belongs
also : the distinguishing peculiarity
: to adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition
: to introduce in stages —usually used with in
phase in new models
Noun The project will be done in three phases. He's in the final phase of treatment now. The building project marks a new phase in the town's development. He has been throwing tantrums a lot, but the doctor says it's just a phase. a calendar based on the phases of the moon
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NounTesting should be incorporated into each phase of the development process to detect and address bugs and issues at the earliest possible stage. —Valentin Buzea, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Generally the sores are painless, but a secondary phase of infection causes fever, swollen lymph nodes, skin rash and wart-like genital lesions, according to the CDC. —Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2023 HoCo By Design, a long-range, visionary plan to shape development and conservation in Howard County through 2040, has entered its next phase following unanimous approval March 9 by the Howard County Planning Board. —Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 21 Mar. 2023 The team believes that JOMO might be more of a momentary phase of needing to disconnect instead of a constant state of feelings. —Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 20 Mar. 2023 Cooks has never had the chance to reach unrestricted free agency, a phase most players desire. —Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2023 Now, as Reynolds embarks on a new phase of her career as CEO of the Perception Institute, which designs strategies for reducing bias and discrimination across sectors, she's been named the Kentucky honoree for USA TODAY's Women of the Year. —courier-journal.com, 19 Mar. 2023 There will be a phase two coming with additional market launches. —Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2023 Ma explained that web1 was a phase where people could search for and read content, web2 is where companies were able to publish content and web3 is all about ownership. —Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Mar. 2023
VerbLuckily, Blake's M.O. for playing games behind the scenes didn't phase Carly. —Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2023 In response, the Wu administration agreed to delay the new fees and phase them in over time. —Catherine Carlock, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Feb. 2023 Germany in October extended the life span of nuclear plants after once vowing to phase them out. —Rebecca Tan And Jhesset O. Enano, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Jan. 2023 Several City Council members are pushing to phase them out, citing concerns for the horses’ well-being and environmental problems of idling cars and slowed traffic. —Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Dec. 2022 In Maine, where the chemicals were detected in well water at hundreds of times the federal health advisory level, legislators passed a law in 2021 requiring manufacturers to report their use of the chemicals and to phase them out by 2030. —From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2022 The bill’s topline price is expected to shrink significantly from the $3.5 trillion initially floated, forcing Democrats to slash certain programs or phase them out more quickly. —Joe Walsh, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Polyclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 moves to phase 3 trial at UT Southwestern Parkland Health & Hospital System had 187 COVID-19 hospitalizations, the same number as the day before. —Dallas News, 6 Jan. 2022 On June 22, when the city moved to phase three, bars were allowed to open at 50 percent capacity. —Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, 14 Sep. 2020 See More
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