acidify

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

Definition of acidify

transitive verb

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

Other Words from acidify

acidification \ ə-​ˌsi-​də-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce acidify (audio) , a-​ \ noun

Examples of acidify in a Sentence

Pollution caused the soil to acidify.
Recent Examples on the Web On the west side of the Cascades, pH greater than 7.0 is uncommon, so gardeners typically only acidify their soil for growing acid-loving plants like rhododendrons and blueberries. oregonlive, 26 July 2021 As higher concentrations of carbon dioxide build up in the ocean and the waters acidify, greater damage is occurring to marine ecosystems, including the reduction of biodiversity in coral reefs and the hampering of animals’ metabolisms. Doris Elin Urrutia, Scientific American, 27 Nov. 2020 This caused waters to acidify to the point that organisms like corals would have dissolved, explained Hana Jurikova, a biogeochemist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland who led the study. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2020 One group of those early colonists begins to acidify the starter. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 One group of those early colonists begins to acidify the starter. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 One group of those early colonists begins to acidify the starter. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 One group of those early colonists begins to acidify the starter. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 One group of those early colonists begins to acidify the starter. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of acidify

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acidify

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

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“Acidify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acidify. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for acidify

acidify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acidify

: to cause (something) to become acidic

acidify

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

Medical Definition of acidify

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become acid

Other Words from acidify

acidifiable \ ə-​ˌsid-​ə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl, a-​ How to pronounce acidify (audio) \ adjective
acidification \ -​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce acidify (audio) \ noun
acidifier \ ə-​ˈsid-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r, a-​ How to pronounce acidify (audio) \ noun

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