acidify

verb

acid·​i·​fy ə-ˈsi-də-ˌfī How to pronounce acidify (audio)
a-
acidified; acidifying

transitive verb

1
: to make acid
2
: to convert into an acid
acidification noun

Examples of acidify in a Sentence

Pollution caused the soil to acidify.
Recent Examples on the Web As well as warming the planet, carbon dioxide has been acidifying the oceans and decreasing the carbonate ions that many clams and oysters need to build their shells. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Mar. 2024 In some locales, acidifying soil is a must, due to high pH water or soil. Marlene Simon, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Apply garden sulfur to the soil to acidify it or feed with an acid-forming fertilizer like Espoma Holly-tone. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 25 Jan. 2024 That’s why the oceans have generally been acidifying, as humanity pumps plumes of the gas into the atmosphere. Matt Simon, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2024 As early as 2008, oyster farms experienced mass die offs because baby oysters couldn’t get enough calcium to form shells in acidifying water. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2023 For example, as the oceans acidified, creatures like the foraminifera, which constructed their shells of carbon, would have struggled to survive. WIRED, 28 Sep. 2023 Dog foods formulated for urinary crystals often contain beneficial ingredients like cranberries, which may help acidify urine and discourage crystal formation. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2023 To gain insight, scientists have turned to reefs near volcanic gas seeps, where CO2 comes up through the reef floor at spots, naturally acidifying the water there to levels anticipated by 2100. Danielle L. Dixson, Scientific American, 1 June 2017

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French acidifier, from acide acid entry 1 + -ifier -ify

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acidify was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Acidify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acidify. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

acidify

verb
acid·​i·​fy ə-ˈsid-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce acidify (audio)
acidified; acidifying
1
: to make acid
2
: to change into an acid
acidification noun

Medical Definition

acidify

verb
acid·​i·​fy -ə-ˌfī How to pronounce acidify (audio)
acidified; acidifying

transitive verb

1
: to make acid
2
: to convert into an acid

intransitive verb

: to become acid
acidifiable adjective
acidification noun

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