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mummify

[ muhm-uh-fahy ]
/ 藞m蕦m 蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), mum路mi路fied, mum路mi路fy路ing.
to make (a dead body) into a mummy, as by embalming and drying.
to make (something) resemble a mummy; dry or shrivel up: The dead lizard was mummified by the hot desert air.
to preserve (an idea, institution, custom, etc.) that may have outlived its usefulness or relevance: Those mummified customs have no place in society today.
verb (used without object), mum路mi路fied, mum路mi路fy路ing.
to dry or shrivel up.
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Origin of mummify

First recorded in 1620鈥30; mummy1 + -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM mummify

mum路mi路fi路ca路tion, nounhalf-mum路mi路fied, adjectiveun路mum路mi路fied, adjectiveun路mum路mi路fy路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mummify

mummify
/ (藞m蕦m瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr) to preserve the body of (a human or animal) as a mummy
(intr) to dry up; shrivel
(tr) to preserve (an outdated idea, institution, etc) while making lifeless

Derived forms of mummify

mummification, noun
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