efface[ə fās′, i-]
- 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.
Origin of effaceMiddle English effacen, from French effacer, from Old French esfacier : es-, out (from Latin ex-, ex-) + face, face; see face.
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.
From Middle French effacer (“erase”), from Old French esfacier (“remove the face”).