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Faze and Phase

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Faze and Phase

The verb faze means to bother or disturb the composure (of someone).

As a noun, phase means a stage of development or a distinct portion of a process, system, or presentation. As a verb, phase means to plan or carry out systematically in stages.

Examples:

  • It takes a lot more than boos and catcalls to faze Norma.

  • Being the first to cross the finish line makes you a winner in only one phase of life.

Practice:

(a) We are entering a new _____ in human history, one in which fewer and fewer workers will be needed to produce the goods and services for the global population.

(b) Though Merdine had never been on television before, being in front of a camera didn't seem to _____ her.

Answers to Practice Exercises

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