[uh-see-tuh-fahy, uh-set-uh-]

verb (used with or without object), a·ce·ti·fied, a·ce·ti·fy·ing.

to turn into vinegar; make or become acetous.

Origin of acetify

First recorded in 1860–65; acet- + -ify
Related formsa·ce·ti·fi·ca·tion, ac·e·ta·tion [as-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌæs ɪˈteɪ ʃən/, nouna·ce·ti·fi·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acetify

Historical Examples of acetify

  • Wine in bottles well filled and laid flat do not acetify; this is because the mycoderm cannot multiply for lack of oxygen.

    Louis Pasteur

    Ren Vallery-Radot

British Dictionary definitions for acetify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to become or cause to become acetic acid or vinegar
Derived Formsacetification, nounacetifier, noun
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