AskDefine | Define efface

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1 remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps" [syn: obliterate]
2 make inconspicuous; "efface onself"
3 remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing; "Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!" [syn: erase, rub out, score out, wipe off]

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  1. 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.
  2. To cause to disappear as if by rubbing out or striking out.
    Some people like to efface their own memories with alcohol.
  3. To make oneself inobtrusive as if due to modesty or diffidence.
    Many people seem shy, but they really just efface for meekness.
  4. Of the cervix during pregnancy, to thin and stretch in preparation for labor.
    Some females efface 75% by the 39th week of pregnacy.


to erase
  • Japanese: 消去する (shōkyo suru)
cause to disappear as if by rubbing out
make oneself inobtrusive



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, effacer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, effacer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, effacer

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

annul, black out, blot, blot out, cancel, cross out, dele, delete, eliminate, eradicate, erase, exclude, expunge, extirpate, obliterate, raze, rub out, rule out, scratch, scratch out, sponge, sponge out, strike out, wipe out
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