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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.]

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

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.

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
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"

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.

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.
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

efface

[ɪˈfeɪs] vt (= remove) [+ name, image] → effacer; [+ memory] → effacer
to efface o.s. (= be humble) → s'effacer

efface

vtauslöschen; to efface oneselfsich zurückhalten

efface

[ɪˈfeɪs] vt (frm) → cancellare

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.
References in classic literature ?
For the present, Martin's only concern in his son consisted in seeing to it that his effacement was as nearly complete as possible.
It is certain that the old gentleman, who had lived in days gone by with that feminine nation now as much forgotten as many other great things,--like the Jesuits, the Buccaneers, the Abbes, and the Farmers-General,--had acquired an irresistible good- humor, a kindly ease, a laisser-aller devoid of egotism, the self- effacement of Jupiter with Alcmene, of the king intending to be duped, who casts his thunderbolts to the devil, wants his Olympus full of follies, little suppers, feminine profusions--but with Juno out of the way, be it understood.
All of which quite applied to Pandora Day-- the journey to Europe, the culture (as exemplified in the books she read on the ship), the relegation, the effacement, of the family.