- ▪ 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 advertisingphase 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 divisionphase 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.
* * *Ⅰ.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.Ⅱ.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.