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Definition of the verb efface
What does efface mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: effaced | effacing | effaces
- remove completely from recognition or memory
- make inconspicuous
- remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] The Romans destroyed the city [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument] The builders destroyed the warehouse with explosives [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient] The explosives destroyed the warehouse
Destroy Verbs (with the same syntax): annihilate, blitz, damage, decimate, demolish, desecrate, destroy, devastate, disfigure, exterminate, extirpate, level, maim, mutilate, obliterate, ravage, raze, ruin, shatter, undo, unmake, vaporize, waste, wreck.
- lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
- synonyms of efface: erase / rub out / score out / wipe off
- more generic words: cancel / delete = remove or make invisible
- more specific terms:
- entailment: rub = move over something with pressure
Alternative definition of the verb efface
- [transitive] To erase (as anything impressed or inscribed upon a surface); to render illegible or indiscernible.
- [transitive] To cause to disappear as if by rubbing out or striking out.
- [reflexive] To make oneself inobtrusive as if due to modesty or diffidence.
- [medicine] Of the cervix during pregnancy, to thin and stretch in preparation for labor.
Definition of the verb efface for high school students
- to wipe out, obliterate, rub away
- example: The husband was so angry at his wife for leaving him that he effaced all evidence of her presence; he threw out pictures of her and gave away all her belongings.
The verb efface is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for efface
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Christ-Centered Self-Esteem (2001)
Seeing Ourselves Through God's Eyes by Charles R. Gerber
To efface means to wipe out, destroy, do away with. Depreciation means to reduce the value of. People tend to negate compliments and dwell on criticism.
by Charlotte Buxton
efface v. 1 rub off or cause to disV appear. 2 (efface yourself) make yourself appear inconspicuous. effect n. 1 a change produced by an action or other cause ; a result. 2 the state of being operative or effective. 3 (effects) personal belongings.
a work of universal reference in all departments of knowledge with a new atlas of the world by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith
buc- efface + -able.} Capable of being effaced. 1847 removal. To erase is to rub out or scratch out, so that the thing is destroyed, although the signs of it may remain : as, to erase a word in a letter. To cancel is to ...
by Václav Emanuel Mourek
Efi'nble',x vyelnvitelnŕV Efface“,1 vyèkrtnouii; zniêiti.
— cancel, obliterate, erase, efface, expunge, efface. Rash (a.) ...
See Efface. ODIous, o'-de-us, ...
The Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)
efface. any. other. painting. or. stain. that. might: Lastly, black indicates a harsh, nauseous, disagreeable taste; as in the berries of deadly night-shade, myrtleleaved sumach, herb-christopher, and others; many of which are not only unpleasant ...
A New Universal English Dictionary: or, a Compleat treasure of the English language, etc. [With plates.] (1759)
by William RIDER (A.B., of Jesus College, Oxford.)
To efface or dash out any word with ink; used with out. Figuratively, to render a thing imperceptible, or invisible; to efface; to stain, fully, or disgrace. “ Is blots thy beauty.” SHAk. To make black, to darken ; “ earth blots the moon's gilded wane.
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Usage statistics about efface
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb efface:
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- Efface Meaning
Video shows what efface means. To erase (as anything impressed or inscribed upon a surface); to render illegible or indiscernible.. To cause to disappear as if ...
- Daily Video vocabulary - Episode : 70 - Efface. English Lesson
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Scrabble value of E1F4F4A1C3E1
The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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