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rarefy

verb rar·e·fy \ˈrer-ə-ˌfī\

Definition of rarefy

rarefiedrarefying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make rare, thin, porous, or less dense :  to expand without the addition of matter

  3. 2 :  to make more spiritual, refined, or abstruse

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become less dense



Variants of rarefy

also rarify play \ˈrer-ə-ˌfī\

Origin of rarefy

Middle English rarefien, rarifien, modification of Latin rarefacere, from rarus rare + facere to make — more at do


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with rarefy

abide by, Adonai, alibi, alkali, amplify, apple-pie, argufy, assegai, azo dye, basify, beautify, butterfly, by-and-by, caddis fly, calcify, certify, Chou En-lai, citify, clarify, classify, coalify, cockneyfy, codify, college try, cottage pie, crucify, cut-and-try, cutie-pie, DIY, damnify, damselfly, dandify, deify, densify, dignify, dobsonfly, do-or-die, dragonfly, dulcify, eagle eye, edify, evil eye, falsify, fancify, fortify, frenchify, fructify, gasify, Gemini, gentrify, glorify, goggle-eye, goldeneye, gratify, Haggai, harvest fly, hexerei, high and dry, hip and thigh, Hokusai, hook and eye, horrify, hoverfly, humble pie, Iceni, justify, kiss good-bye, lazy eye, lignify, liquefy, lithify, Lorelei, lullaby, Madurai, magnify, Malachi, Maracay, minify, modify, mollify, Molokai, Mordecai, mortify, multi-ply, multiply, mummify, mystify, nazify, notify, nullify, occupy, old school tie, on standby, on the fly, ossify, overbuy, overfly, overlie, pacify, Paraguay, passerby, peccavi, petrify, PPI, preachify, prettify, private eye, prophesy, purify, putrefy, qualify, quantify, ramify, ratify, RBI, rectify, reify, res gestae, robber fly, runner's high, Russify, samurai, sanctify, satisfy, scarify, schwarmerei, semidry, set store by, shepherd's pie, shoofly pie, signify, simplify, Spanish fly, specify, speechify, stratify, stultify, stupefy, sweetie pie, Tenebrae, terrify, testify, tie-and-dye, tigereye, Trans Alai, tumble dry, typify, uglify, underlie, unify, Uruguay, Veneti, verify, versify, vilify, vinify, vitrify, vivify, weather eye, Windsor tie, xanthene dye, yuppify, zombify


Medical Dictionary

rarefy

verb rar·e·fy

Medical Definition of rarefy

rarefied also ified; rarefying also ifying

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to make rare, thin, porous, or less dense :  to expand without the addition of matter

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become less dense



Variants of rarefy

also rarify \ˈrar-ə-ˌfī, ˈrer-\play

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