To cause to disappear (as anything impresses or inscribed upon a surface) by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible; as, to efface the letters on a monument, or the inscription on a coin.
- To rub or wipe out; erase.
- To make indistinct as if by rubbing: "Five years' absence had done nothing to efface the people's memory of his firmness” ( Alan Moorehead). See Synonyms at erase.
- To conduct (oneself) inconspicuously: "When the two women went out together, Anna deliberately effaced herself and played to the dramatic Molly” ( Doris Lessing).