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).
A Long List of Affixes: Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining Forms
Suffixes -able, -ible, -ile: (form adjs) able to, fit to, worthy, capable; apt to; subject to being ~-ed -ac: one affect with -ac, -al, -ane, -ar, -ary, -ch, -ese, -ic, -ical, -id, -ile, -ine, -ish, -ory: like, of, pertaining to; characterized by -aceae: families of plants -aceous, -ous: resemblance to a substance; full of -acy, -age, -ance, -ancy, -asm, -dom, -ence, -ency, -hood, -ism, -ity, -ment, -mony, -ness, -ry, -ship, …
Origin of -fy
< Old French -fier ≪ Latin -ficāre to do, make
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suffix forming verbs
to make or becomebeautify; simplify; liquefy
Word Origin for -fy
from Old French -fier, from Latin -ficāre, verbal ending formed from -ficus -fic
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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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