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ef·face

 (ĭ-fās′)
v. ef·faced, ef·fac·ing, ef·fac·es
v.tr.
1. To rub or wipe out; erase: The serial number had been effaced from the stolen product.
2. To remove or make indistinct: "Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness" (Alan Moorehead).
3. To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: "When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly" (Doris Lessing).
4. Medicine To cause to become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor: The cervix was effaced as the contractions continued.
v.intr.
Medicine To become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor. Used of the cervix.

[Middle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.]

ef·face′a·ble adj.
ef·face′ment n.
ef·fac′er n.

ef·fa·cé

 (ĕf′ə-sā′)
n.
A position in ballet in which the dancer stands at an angle to the audience so that part of the body is hidden from view.

[French, from past participle of effacer, to efface; see efface.]
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efface

(ɪˈfeɪs)
vb (tr)
1. to obliterate or make dim: to efface a memory.
2. to make (oneself) inconspicuous or humble through modesty, cowardice, or obsequiousness
3. to rub out (a line, drawing, etc); erase
[C15: from French effacer, literally: to obliterate the face; see face]
efˈfaceable adj
efˈfacement n
efˈfacer n
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ef•face

(ɪˈfeɪs)

v.t. -faced, -fac•ing.
1. to wipe out; do away with; expunge: to efface sad memories.
2. to rub out, erase, or obliterate (outlines, traces, inscriptions, etc.).
3. to make (oneself) inconspicuous; withdraw (oneself) modestly or shyly.
[1480–90; < Middle French effacer. See ef-, face]
ef•face′a•ble, adj.
ef•face′ment, n.
ef•fac′er, n.
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efface


Past participle: effaced
Gerund: effacing

Imperative
efface
efface
Present
I efface
you efface
he/she/it effaces
we efface
you efface
they efface
Preterite
I effaced
you effaced
he/she/it effaced
we effaced
you effaced
they effaced
Present Continuous
I am effacing
you are effacing
he/she/it is effacing
we are effacing
you are effacing
they are effacing
Present Perfect
I have effaced
you have effaced
he/she/it has effaced
we have effaced
you have effaced
they have effaced
Past Continuous
I was effacing
you were effacing
he/she/it was effacing
we were effacing
you were effacing
they were effacing
Past Perfect
I had effaced
you had effaced
he/she/it had effaced
we had effaced
you had effaced
they had effaced
Future
I will efface
you will efface
he/she/it will efface
we will efface
you will efface
they will efface
Future Perfect
I will have effaced
you will have effaced
he/she/it will have effaced
we will have effaced
you will have effaced
they will have effaced
Future Continuous
I will be effacing
you will be effacing
he/she/it will be effacing
we will be effacing
you will be effacing
they will be effacing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been effacing
you have been effacing
he/she/it has been effacing
we have been effacing
you have been effacing
they have been effacing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been effacing
you will have been effacing
he/she/it will have been effacing
we will have been effacing
you will have been effacing
they will have been effacing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been effacing
you had been effacing
he/she/it had been effacing
we had been effacing
you had been effacing
they had been effacing
Conditional
I would efface
you would efface
he/she/it would efface
we would efface
you would efface
they would efface
Past Conditional
I would have effaced
you would have effaced
he/she/it would have effaced
we would have effaced
you would have effaced
they would have effaced
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.efface - remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
slur, dim, blur - become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
blot out, obliterate, veil, hide, obscure - make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"
2.efface - make inconspicuous; "efface oneself"
humble - cause to be unpretentious; "This experience will humble him"
3.efface - remove by or as if by rubbing or erasingefface - remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing; "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"
sponge - erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard
delete, cancel - remove or make invisible; "Please delete my name from your list"
scratch out, cut out - strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out; "scratch out my name on that list"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

efface

verb obliterate, remove, destroy, cancel, wipe out, erase, eradicate, excise, delete, annihilate, raze, blot out, cross out, expunge, rub out, extirpate an attempt to efface the memory of their previous failures
efface yourself make yourself inconspicuous, withdraw, be retiring, keep a low profile, be timid, be diffident, be bashful, keep out of the limelight, be modest, keep out of the public eye, be unassertive He always wants to efface himself, and hates any kind of ostentation.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

efface

verb
To remove or invalidate by or as if by running a line through or wiping clean:
annul, blot (out), cancel, cross (off or out), delete, erase, expunge, obliterate, rub (out), scratch (out), strike (out), undo, wipe (out), x (out).
Law: vacate.
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Translations
يَتَجَنَّب لَفْت الإنْتِباهيَمْحو، يَشْطُب، يَطْمُس
fjerneholde sig i baggrundensletteudviske
háttérben marad
afmá, òurrka útláta sem minnst á sér bera
laikytis nuošaliailikti nepastebimam
izdzēstturēties malā/sāņus
stáť bokom
dikkati çekmemeye çalışmaksilmek

efface

[ɪˈfeɪs] VTborrar
to efface o.sno hacerse notar, lograr pasar inadvertido
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

efface

[ɪˈfeɪs] vt (= remove) [+ name, image] → effacer; [+ memory] → effacer
to efface o.s. (= be humble) → s'effacer
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

efface

vtauslöschen; to efface oneselfsich zurückhalten
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

efface

[ɪˈfeɪs] vt (frm) → cancellare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

efface

(iˈfeis) verb
1. to rub out; to remove. You must try to efface the event from your memory.
2. to avoid drawing attention to (oneself). She did her best to efface herself at parties.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
Her power over him must now be boundless, as she has entirely effaced all his former ill-opinion, and persuaded him not merely to forget but to justify her conduct.
The man who wrote that word upon the wall disappeared from the midst of the generations of man many centuries ago; the word, in its turn, has been effaced from the wall of the church; the church will, perhaps, itself soon disappear from the face of the earth.
He could only think of her as triumphant, successful in her menace of a wholly useless remorse never to be effaced. He lost all consciousness of toothache, and his face worked with sobs.
Besides all the other phenomena which the exterior of the Sperm Whale presents, he not seldom displays the back, and more especially his flanks, effaced in great part of the regular linear appearance, by reason of numerous rude scratches, altogether of an irregular, random aspect.
It was not altogether surprising that a plantation where seven human beings could be simultaneously effaced and nobody the wiser should be under some suspicion.
As it is too long to be read at a sitting the impressions made by its successive parts are successively effaced, as in the panorama.
Thy foot itself hath effaced the path behind thee, and over it standeth written: Impossibility.
Almost every night they were brought out; almost every night some pencil marks were effaced, and others were substituted.
The magical colours disappeared by degrees, and the shades of emerald and sapphire were effaced. We walked with a regular step, which rang upon the ground with astonishing intensity; the slightest noise was transmitted with a quickness to which the ear is unaccustomed on the earth; indeed, water is a better conductor of sound than air, in the ratio of four to one.
One day, however-- sad and melancholy day!-- peace was signed between the survivors of the war; the thunder of the guns gradually ceased, the mortars were silent, the howitzers were muzzled for an indefinite period, the cannon, with muzzles depressed, were returned into the arsenal, the shot were repiled, all bloody reminiscences were effaced; the cotton-plants grew luxuriantly in the well-manured fields, all mourning garments were laid aside, together with grief; and the Gun Club was relegated to profound inactivity.