[ sit-i-fahy ]
/ ˈsɪt ɪˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), cit·i·fied, cit·i·fy·ing.

to make into a city; urbanize.
to cause to conform to city habits, fashions, etc.

Origin of citify

First recorded in 1860–65; city + -fy
Related formscit·i·fi·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for citify



/ (ˈsɪtɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to cause to conform to or adopt the customs, habits, or dress of city people
to make urban
Derived Formscitification or cityfication, noun
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Word Origin and History for citify



1865, probably a back formation from citified. Related: Citifying.

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