liq·​ue·​fy | \ ˈli-kwə-ˌfī How to pronounce liquefy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly liquify
liquefied; liquefying

Definition of liquefy

transitive verb

: to reduce to a liquid state

intransitive verb

: to become liquid

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Other Words from liquefy

liquefier \ ˈli-​kwə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce liquefy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of liquefy in a Sentence

The vegetables were liquefied in a blender. The plastic liquefied in the intense heat.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the International Energy Agency, Russia has the capacity to liquefy and load onto ships only about a tenth of its natural gas exports. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Blender Directions: Using a blender, liquefy the ripe watermelon with fresh ginger. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 26 Apr. 2022 Mash the pulp with a fork to liquefy, then stir the pulp and seeds into the mango mixture. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2022 Other Biden supporters have urged the president to slow down the issuance of permits for facilities that liquefy natural gas at minus-260 degrees Fahrenheit for shipment by special tankers to other countries. Steven Mufson, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Feb. 2022 As Prasad notes in Gaining Currency, banking and credit limits imposed by the Chinese resulted in non-Chinese banks literally parking offshore in ships in order to liquefy Chinese economic activity. John Tamny, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Such a quake would inundate the coast with a wave up to 30 meters high, liquefy soil under cities, and likely claim thousands of lives. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 30 June 2021 Jelly animals all but disappear in the guts of fish, and many simply liquefy when exposed to surface pressure. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 1 July 2021 And that’s because the diamonds in it are carefully pulverized to a size that would liquefy almost any other organic material. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 27 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of liquefy

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for liquefy

Middle English liquefien, from Anglo-French liquefier, from Latin liquefacere

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liquefied petroleum gas



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14 May 2022

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“Liquefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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liq·​ue·​fy | \ ˈli-kwə-ˌfī How to pronounce liquefy (audio) \
liquefied; liquefying

Kids Definition of liquefy

: to make or become liquid

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