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verb (used with or without object), liq·ue·fied, liq·ue·fy·ing.
  1. to make or become liquid.
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Origin of liquefy

1375–1425; late Middle English lyquefyen < Old French liquefier, translation of Latin liquefacere to melt (see liquefacient); see -fy
Related formsliq·ue·fi·a·ble, adjectiveliq·ue·fi·er, nounnon·liq·ue·fi·a·ble, adjectivenon·liq·ue·fy·ing, adjectivere·liq·ue·fy, verb, re·liq·ue·fied, re·liq·ue·fy·ing.un·liq·ue·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·liq·ue·fied, adjective
Can be confusedevanesce evaporate liquefy melt thaw transpire vaporize


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melt, fuse, dissolve, thaw; condense.


solidify; evaporate.
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verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (esp of a gas) to become or cause to become liquid
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Derived Formsliquefaction (ˌlɪkwɪˈfækʃən), nounliquefactive, adjectiveliquefiable, adjectiveliquefier, noun

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin liquefacere to make liquid
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Word Origin and History for liquefy


early 15c., from Old French liquefier "liquefy, dissolve," from Latin liquefacere "make liquid, melt," from liquere "be fluid" (see liquid (adj.)) + facere "to make" (see factitious).

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