1. fiscal year.

Other definitions for -fy (2 of 2)


  1. 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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How to use FY in a sentence

  • A consonant or digraph between two sounded vowels usually joins the following vowel, rea-son, no-ti-FY, mo-ther.

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  • In pronouncing notice carefully to which syllable a consonant belongs; as in dif-fer-ent, beau-ti-FY, dai-sy.

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  • And a shootcase, so when Dor'FY brings her chile over to stay all night with our chilluns.

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  • Daf-FY-down-Dil-ly has come up to town, In a yel-low pet-ti-coat and a green gown.

  • In 1835 FY was elected to the Hungarian diet, and was for a time the leader of the opposition party.

British Dictionary definitions for -fy


suffix forming verbs
  1. to make or become: beautify; simplify; liquefy

Origin of -fy

from Old French -fier, from Latin -ficāre, verbal ending formed from -ficus -fic

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