I. phase phase 1 [feɪz] noun [countable]
1. a part of a process of development or growth:

• The company is conducting phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials with the drug.

• The consortium will pay $92 million for insurance to cover the construction phase of the project.

2. in phase/​out of phase (with something) if something is in phase with something else, it is happening in a similar or related way at the same time:

• Britain's economic cycle has historically been out of phase with those in mainland Europe.

  [m0] II. phase phase 2 verb [transitive]
to make something happen gradually in a planned way:

• The closure of the regional offices was phased over an 18-month period.

• a phased ban on tobacco advertising

phase something → down phrasal verb [transitive]
to gradually reduce something or stop producing something; =scale down:

• It plans to phase down the operations at its automation division

phase something → in phrasal verb [transitive]
to introduce something gradually:

• The promised 60% increase in the minimum wage will be phased in over four years.

phase something → out phrasal verb [transitive]
to gradually stop using or providing something:

• The subsidy will be phased out.

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phase UK US /feɪz/ noun [C]
a stage in a series of events or in a process of development: the early/final/late phase »

The inflation rate is high, even for the early phase of an economic expansion.


The project is only in the initial phase, but it's looking quite promising.


We're entering a new phase in international relations.

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.

phase UK US /feɪz/ verb [T, often passive]
to introduce something in stages over a particular period of time: be phased over 6 months/2 years, etc. »

The closure of the regional offices was phased over an 18-month period and affected 435 staff.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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