- To efface is defined as to make yourself inconspicuous or hidden from attention, or to erase something or consciously forget something.
- When you block a memory out of your mind, effectively erasing it, this is an example of efface.
- Where you try hard to blend in and not be noticed, this is an example of efface.
verbef·faced, ef·fac·ing, ef·fac·es
- To rub or wipe out; erase: The serial number had been effaced from the stolen product.
- To remove or make indistinct: “Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness” (Alan Moorehead).
- To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: “When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly” (Doris Lessing).
- Medicine To cause to become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor: The cervix was effaced as the contractions continued.
Medicine To become shorter, softer, and thinner during labor. Used of the cervix.
Origin of effaceMiddle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.
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.
Origin of effaceFrench, from past participle of effacer, to efface; see efface.
(third-person singular simple present effaces, present participle effacing, simple past and past participle effaced)
- To erase (as anything impressed or inscribed upon a surface); to render illegible or indiscernible.
- Do not efface what I've written on the chalkboard.
- To cause to disappear as if by rubbing out or striking out.
- Some people like to efface their own memories with alcohol.
- (reflexive) To make oneself inobtrusive as if due to modesty or diffidence.
- Many people seem shy, but they really just efface for meekness.
- (medicine) Of the cervix during pregnancy, to thin and stretch in preparation for labor.
- Some females efface 75% by the 39th week of pregnancy.