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phase

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1  —as in:
during the first phase
Definition a period of time or a stage during the development of something
  • It is a planned community that will be built in 5 phases.
phases = periods of time or stages during the development of something
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We finished the first phase of the project.
  • phase = a period of time or a stage during the development of something
  • You'll have to do Phase Two.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • phase = a stage in the development of something
  • Louie then prepared for the second phase of the plan.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • phase = stage (of the development of something)
  • This happened to a great extent during the final phase of capitalism, roughly between 1920 and 1940.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • phase = a period of time during the development of something
  • She might, in one of her phases, have been a prophetess.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • phases = stages of development
  • Then came the treatment phase.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • phase = stage (of the development of something)
  • ...the prolonged strain of Lucy's illness and its horrible phases is telling on me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • phases = periods of time or stages during the development of something
  • I finally told Daddy that I love "him" more than I do Mother, to which he replied that it was just a passing phase, but I don't think so.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • phase = a period of time during someone's development
  • There was what Mom called Dad's "beer phase."
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
phase = a period of time during someone's development

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2  —as in:
she's going through a phase
Definition a period of time when someone exhibits unusual behavior — most commonly said of a young person who is going through a stage such as a girl who doesn't want different types of food to touch on her plate
  • When I was three, I went through a phase when I had an imaginary friend.
phase = a period of time when someone exhibits unusual behavior
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • When I was young, I went through a phase where I was deathly afraid of the dark.
  • phase = a period of time when someone exhibits unusual behavior
  • In later years, I sometimes wondered exactly what made Jem do it, what made him break the bonds of "You just be a gentleman, son," and the phase of self-conscious rectitude he had recently entered.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
phase = a period of time when someone exhibits a particular behavior

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3  —as in:
phase the change in next year
Definition make a change gradually (... in =gradually added; ... out = gradually removed or stopped)
  • The increase in electricity rates will be phased in over the next two years.
phased = gradually [added]
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The total increase in the minimum wage will be phased in over the next three years.
  • phased = gradually [added]
  • Use of the old chemical will be phased out over the next five years.
  • phased = gradually [stopped]
  • —why, it wasn't even phased.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Instead, a farcaster essentially is just a crude hole ripped in space/time by a phased singularity.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • His taste buds seemed to have phased into the shadow world permanently.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Even Sam couldn't have phased on the fly like that.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • The Army was phasing out the green and the white uniforms in favor of the blue.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • "My husband always did call his electronic gadgets 'bricks' when they got phased out."
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The first night the banging hail on the tin roof phased in and out of my consciousness.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America

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Less commonly:
More specialized and less common senses of the word are found in astronomy, physics, chemistry, and zoology. Consult a comprehensive dictionary if you wish to see those. All senses have to do with stages or periods of time.
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