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

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Other Words from acidify

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

Examples of acidify in a Sentence

Pollution caused the soil to acidify.

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The planet is warming, the oceans are acidifying, the Amazon is burning down, and plastic is snowing on the Arctic. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Can Spaceflight Save the Planet?," 6 Sep. 2019 Oceans acidify in the blink of a geologic eye In the late 1700s, the oceans had equilibrated to be slightly alkaline, with a pH of about 8.1—roughly the same level of acidity as an egg white. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Ocean acidification, explained," 7 Aug. 2019 But reefs are imperiled by a range of threats including warming waters, acidifying seas, destructive fishing methods, and agricultural and other runoff. Paul Tullis, New York Times, "To Map a Coral Reef, Peel Back the Seawater," 10 June 2019 Vinegar over time can seriously acidify the soil for all the plants, so a lot depends on how often and how strong. oregonlive.com, "Ask an Expert: Remove sunburned plums now for a better harvest later," 28 June 2019 The Bureau of Intelligence and Research's 12-page prepared testimony, reviewed by The Washington Post, includes a detailed description of how rising greenhouse gas emissions are raising global temperatures and acidifying the world's oceans. nola.com, "White House blocks intelligence agency’s written warning on climate change," 8 June 2019 The Bureau of Intelligence and Research's 12-page prepared testimony, reviewed by The Washington Post, includes a detailed description of how rising greenhouse gas emissions are raising global temperatures and acidifying the world's oceans. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony on climate change," 8 June 2019 Large conifer trees cast shade, acidify the soil and spread incredibly dense root systems across the landscape. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 And a lot of foods are acidified to have a longer shelf life. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Your child's runny nose may be because of acid reflux," 30 May 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acidify

technical : 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 acidifiable (audio) \ adjective
acidification \ -​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce acidification (audio) \ noun
acidifier \ ə-​ˈsid-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r, a-​ How to pronounce acidifier (audio) \ noun

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