[ lik-wuh-fahy ]
/ ˈlɪk wəˌfaɪ /

verb (used with or without object), liq·ue·fied, liq·ue·fy·ing.

to make or become liquid.

Origin of liquefy

1375–1425; late Middle English lyquefyen < Old French liquefier, translation of Latin liquefacere to melt (see liquefacient); see -fy

Related forms

Can be confused

evanesce evaporate liquefy melt thaw transpire vaporize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liquefy


/ (ˈlɪkwɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(esp of a gas) to become or cause to become liquid

Derived Forms

liquefaction (ˌlɪkwɪˈfækʃən), nounliquefactive, adjectiveliquefiable, adjectiveliquefier, noun

Word Origin for liquefy

C15: via Old French from Latin liquefacere to make liquid
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