Meaning of PHASE in English

PHASE

/ feɪz; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a stage in a process of change or development :

during the first / next / last phase

the initial / final phase of the project

a critical / decisive phase

the design phase

His anxiety about the work was just a passing phase .

She's going through a difficult phase .

The wedding marked the beginning of a new phase in Emma's life.

2.

each of the shapes of the moon as we see it from the earth at different times of the month

IDIOMS

- in phase / out of phase (with sth)

■ verb

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] to arrange to do sth gradually in stages over a period of time :

the phased withdrawal of troops from the area

Closure of the hospitals was phased over a three-year period.

PHRASAL VERBS

- phase sth in

- phase sth out

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WORD ORIGIN

early 19th cent. (in sense 2): from French phase , based on Greek phasis appearance, from the base of phainein to show.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.