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).
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
Origin of -fy
< Old French -fier ≪ Latin -ficāre to do, make
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British Dictionary definitions for -fy
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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