1 stage, period, development, step:
The boy is just going through a phase.
2 time, moment, juncture, occasion:
At this phase of the discussion, I should like to introduce a new subject
3 state, form, shape, configuration, aspect, appearance, look, condition, status:
Here is a diagram of the phases of the moon at various points in its orbit
4 facet, side, angle, viewpoint, point of view, Colloq slant:
Only one phase of the argument has so far been presented.
5 phase in. (gradually) introduce, usher in, work in, inject, insert, insinuate, include, incorporate:
The new work schedules will be phased in over the next month.
6 phase out. ease out or off, taper off, wind up, put a stop to, (gradually) eliminate, remove, withdraw, discontinue, end:
The use of non-biodegradable and non-recyclable packaging is being phased out.
early, first, initial, primary | second, secondary, etc. | current, latest, new, present | final, last | intermediate, transition | temporary | critical, crucial, important
the critical phase of the operation
The period can be divided into three distinct phases.
VERB + PHASE
begin, enter, open, start
Society has entered a technological phase of evolution.
| go through
It's just a phase he's going through.
| complete, pass
during a/the ~
During the first phase of expansion staff will move to the new offices.
| in a/the ~
In the earliest phase of mental disorder, relatives feel confused.
| ~ in
a new phase in the European economy
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