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Meaning of “phase” in the English Dictionary

"phase" in British English

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phasenoun [C]

uk   us   /feɪz/
B2 any ​stage in a ​series of ​events or in a ​process of ​development: The ​project is only in ​itsinitial phase as ​yet, but it's ​lookingquitepromising. We're ​entering a new phase ininternationalrelations.B2 a ​period of ​strange or ​difficultbehaviour that will ​stop after a while, ​especially a ​period that a ​youngchild or ​person goes through: When I was in my early ​teens I went through a phase of only ​everwearingblack. The phases of the ​moon are the ​regularchanges in ​itsshape as it ​appears to us on ​earth.

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phaseverb [T often passive]

uk   us   /feɪz/
(Definition of phase from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"phase" in American English

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phasenoun [C]

 us   /feɪz/
any ​stage in a ​series of ​events or in a ​process of ​development: The ​project is only in ​its first phase of ​planning, so we haven’t ​yetestablished the ​cost. The phases of the ​moon are the ​regularchanges in ​itsshape as it ​appears to ​people on ​earth. physics A phase is one of the ​forms in which ​matter can ​exist, such as ​solid, ​liquid, or a ​gas. physics A phase is also one of the ​stages or ​points in a ​repeatingprocessmeasured from a ​specificstartingpoint.
(Definition of phase from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"phase" in Business English

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phasenoun [C]

uk   us   /feɪz/
a ​stage in a ​series of ​events or in a ​process of ​development: the early/final/late phase The ​inflationrate is high, ​even for the early phase of an ​economicexpansion. The ​project is only in the ​initial phase, but it's looking quite promising. We're ​entering a new phase in ​internationalrelations.the design/development/manufacturing phase After two ​years of discussion, the ​project is still at the ​development phase.the growth/start-up phase The ​merger has helped with the ​growth phase of our ​strategy.

phaseverb [T, often passive]

uk   us   /feɪz/
to ​introduce something in ​stages over a particular ​period of ​time: be phased over 6 months/2 years, etc. The ​closure of the ​regionaloffices was phased over an 18-month ​period and affected 435 ​staff.
(Definition of phase from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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