phase out: meaning and explanation

to phase something out = to gradually remove or eliminate something over a period of time. e.g. I’m afraid the company has decided to phase out the free gym membership scheme. You’ll still be able to use your cards until they expire, but after this they will not be renewed.

If you decide to phase something out, you have decided to get rid of it, but you will not do this all in one go. Instead, you will do it in stages.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this phrasal verb being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Scotland

they’re out 1 2p .
they’re thinking about out 1 2p coins.


Apparently is a word we can use to introduce something which we have heard, but which we are not sure is true or correct. This is a useful word for introducing gossip. e.g. Apparently, Jim is going to propose to Linda next weekend.

Discussion questions

Write your answer to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Can you think of an example of something which has been phased out in your country?
  • Is there anything that you think should be phased out?

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