- a verbal suffix meaning “to make,” “cause to be,” “render” (simplify; beautify); “to become,” “be made” (liquefy). The suffix was introduced into English in loan words from Old French (deify), but is also used in the formation of new words, usually on a Latin root (reify).
Origin of -fy
< Old French -fier ≪ Latin -ficāre to do, make
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- to make or becomebeautify; simplify; liquefy
from Old French -fier, from Latin -ficāre, verbal ending formed from -ficus -fic
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Word Origin and History for -fy
word-forming element meaning "to make into," from French -fier, from Latin -ficare, from unstressed form of facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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