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 liquefier (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for liquefy


deliquesce, flux, fuse, melt, run, thaw


harden, set, solidify

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Examples of liquefy in a Sentence

The vegetables were liquefied in a blender. The plastic liquefied in the intense heat.

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Puree the soup using a handheld blender, or liquefy in batches in a food processor. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Four recipes to celebrate the in-season, in-the-moment kale," 20 June 2019 When Munguía Payés hired Mijango as an adviser, the ex-guerrilla was running a small business selling liquefied-gas tanks. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 While fish is grilling, stir olives and tomatoes into onions, and raise heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes liquefy and mixture becomes juicy. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Another test finds arsenic, lead and other metals by heating a liquefied sample. Jackie Borchardt,, "See inside an Ohio medical marijuana testing lab," 4 June 2019 But by the 1990s, new technology allowed gas to be liquefied and exported in tanker ships. Written By Declan Walsh; Photographs By Tomas Munita, New York Times, "Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It," 22 Jan. 2018 But fluoromethane liquefies only under pressure, so if the new batteries are punctured, the pressure releases, the liquid reverts to a gas and the gas can escape, explains Rustomji, lead author of the Science paper. Matthew Sedacca, Scientific American, "These New Batteries Won't Make Your Smartphone Explode," 1 Oct. 2017 The package also includes a grinding blade for harder foods and a blending blade for liquefying whole fruits or vegetables. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Skinnygirl by BELLA 700W Personal Extraction Blender #66006," 30 June 2015 Place cheese on top and either place in a hot oven or under the broiler until the cheese is just melted but not liquefied. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "The Only Cheeseburger Recipe You'll Ever Need," 7 June 2012

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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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English Language Learners Definition of liquefy

: to cause (something) to become liquid


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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