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 Dictionary entry overview: What does efface mean? 

EFFACE (verb)
  The verb EFFACE has 3 senses:

1. remove completely from recognition or memory
2. make inconspicuous
3. remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

  Familiarity information: EFFACE used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

EFFACE (verb)

Sense 1efface [BACK TO TOP]


Remove completely from recognition or memory

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


efface; obliterate

Context example:

efface the memory of the time in the camps

Hypernyms (to "efface" is one way to...):

blur; dim; slur (become vague or indistinct)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2efface [BACK TO TOP]


Make inconspicuous

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

efface oneself

Hypernyms (to "efface" is one way to...):

humble (cause to be unpretentious)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sense 3efface [BACK TO TOP]


Remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


rub out; score out; erase; wipe off; efface

Context example:

Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!

Hypernyms (to "efface" is one way to...):

cancel; delete (remove or make invisible)

"Efface" entails doing...:

rub (move over something with pressure)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "efface"):

sponge (erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard)

cut out; scratch out (strike or cancel by or as if by rubbing or crossing out)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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