esterify

[ e-ster-uh-fahy ]
/ ɛˈstɛr əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with or without object), es·ter·i·fied, es·ter·i·fy·ing. Chemistry.

to convert into an ester.

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Origin of esterify

First recorded in 1900–05; ester + -ify

OTHER WORDS FROM esterify

es·ter·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivees·ter·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for esterify

esterify
/ (ɛˈstɛrəˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

chem to change or cause to change into an ester

Derived forms of esterify

esterification, noun
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