phase

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Phase is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

Homophones[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
phase

Plural
phases

  1. (countable) A phase is stage in a process.
    We will look at very basic ideas during the first phase of training.
    As the war enters its final phase, the role of the UN will probably become more important.
    Teenagers often go through a phase of being attracted to someone of the same sex.
  2. (uncountable) If things are in phase, they are working, moving, or changing together.

Verb[change]

Plain form
phase

Third-person singular
phases

Past tense
phased

Past participle
phased

Present participle
phasing

  1. (transitive) If you phase something in, you introduce it step by step.
    Over the next few years, all farm support was slowly phased out.