• (transitive) To cause to disappear as if by rubbing out or striking out.

    "Some people like to efface their own memories with alcohol."

  • (transitive) 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."

  • (medicine) Of the cervix during pregnancy, to thin and stretch in preparation for labor.

    "Some females efface 75% by the 39th week of pregnancy."

  • (reflexive) To make oneself inobtrusive as if due to modesty or diffidence.

    "Many people seem shy, but they really just efface for meekness."

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