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humidify

[ hyoo-mid-uh-fahy or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˈmɪd əˌfaɪ or, often, yu- /
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verb (used with object), hu·mid·i·fied, hu·mid·i·fy·ing.

to make humid.

RELATED WORDS

drench, sprinkle, dampen, soak, saturate, wash, wet, squirt, steam, rinse, bathe, moisten, hose, dip, damp, spray, splash, douse, steep, irrigate

Nearby words

humicole, humicolous, humid, humidex, humidifier, humidify, humidistat, humidity, humidly, humidor, humification

Origin of humidify

First recorded in 1880–85; humid + -ify
Related formshu·mid·i·fi·ca·tion, nounun·hu·mid·i·fied, adjectiveun·hu·mid·i·fy·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for humidify

humidify

/ (hjuːˈmɪdɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to make (air) humid or damp
Derived Formshumidification, noun
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Word Origin and History for humidify

humidify


v.

1884; see humid + -fy. Related: Humidified; humidifying. Earlier was humify (1650s).

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