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[ ri-jid-uh-fahy ]

verb (used with or without object)

, ri·gid·i·fied, ri·gid·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make or become rigid.


/ rɪˈdʒɪdɪˌfaɪ /


  1. to make or become rigid

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Origin of rigidify1

First recorded in 1835–45; rigid + -ify


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What does rigidify mean?

Rigidify means to become rigid—stiff and inflexible. It can also mean to make something rigid.

Rigid can be used in both literal and figurative ways. For example, a material like plastic might be described as rigid if it does not bend or bend easily. A person might be described as rigid if they are very strict and unwilling to bend the rules. Rules themselves can also be described as rigid if they are very strict or rigorous.

Rigidify is most commonly used in a literal sense in a scientific context. A synonym for this sense of the word is rigidize. But rigidify can also be used in a figurative way in reference to people. A person or their personality could be said to rigidify—meaning that they become more inflexible, such as when dealing with new situations.

When it’s used in the context of a person or their personality, rigidify is almost always used negatively, as in Try not to rigidify when faced with new experiences—you have to learn to go with the flow sometimes.

Example: A synthetic chemical is used to rigidify the material during the manufacturing process so that the end product is very inflexible.

Where does rigidify come from?

The first records of the word rigidify come from around 1840. Its base word, rigid, comes from the Latin rigidus, from the verb rig(ēre), meaning “to be stiff” or “to stiffen.” The word rigor and rigorous are based on the same root, as is the first part of the medical term rigor mortis, which refers to the state of the body when it becomes rigid after death. The suffix -ify is used in verbs and means “to make,” “cause to be,” or “become.”

To rigidify is to cause to be or become rigid. Close synonyms of rigid are inflexible, unbending, and stiff—all of which, like rigid, can also be used in both literal and figurative ways. The opposite of rigidify is to become flexible or loosen up.

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Rigidify is not very commonly used. A much more common word that means the same thing is stiffen, which can also be used in both literal and figurative ways.



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Rigidify can mean to cause to be stiff or to become stiff.




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