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verb (used with object), cit·i·fied, cit·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make into a city; urbanize.
  2. to cause to conform to city habits, fashions, etc.
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Origin of citify

First recorded in 1860–65; city + -fy
Related formscit·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to cause to conform to or adopt the customs, habits, or dress of city people
  2. to make urban
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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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