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efface

ef·face

efface

 
pronunciation:
ih feIs
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: effaced, effaces, effacing
definition 1: to cause to disappear; destroy.
The earthquake effaced all traces of the ancient city.The police arrived before he could efface the evidence.
synonyms:
blot out, eliminate, eradicate, expunge, extirpate, obliterate, wipe out
similar words:
abolish, annihilate, destroy, do away with, exterminate, extinguish, raze, remove, stamp out
definition 2: to erase by or as if by rubbing out.
The artist's signature had been effaced.
synonyms:
erase, expunge, obliterate, rub
similar words:
cross out, delete, remove
definition 3: to withdraw (oneself) from others' notice.
similar words:
shy, withdraw
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derivations: effaceable (adj.), effacement (n.), effacer (n.)