a) To erase (as anything impressed or inscribed upon a surface); to render illegible or indiscernible.

Do not efface what Ive written on the chalkboard.

b) To cause to disappear as if by rubbing out or striking out.

Some people like to efface their own memories with alcohol.

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  • efface — obliterate, *erase, expunge, blot out, delete, cancel Analogous words: remove, *move, shift: eradicate, extirpate, wipe (see EXTERMINATE): eliminate, *exclude, rule out …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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