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

transitive verb

: to reduce to a liquid state

intransitive verb

: to become liquid
liquefier noun

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 There’s a powerful stench from the pipes, plastic and fiberglass boats that have liquefied into an evil soup now floating in the harbor. Bill Weir, CNN, 11 Aug. 2023 Brent is an international benchmark that underpins prices for much of the crude and liquefied natural gas that trades globally each day. David Uberti, WSJ, 31 May 2023 Turn the blender to high and liquefy the remaining contents of the blender. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2023 Casa Independence Day Ingredients 1 liter Casamigos Blanco Tequila 17 oz lime juice 17 strawberries (plus more for garnish) 17 whole blackberries (plus more for garnish) 10 oz simple syrup Instructions Blend strawberries and blackberries in blender until liquefied. The Editors, Town & Country, 8 May 2023 Imagine a rotting onion that has been minced and liquefied for processing. Robin Shulman Agüeros, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2023 Oceanside Unified School District trustees voted Monday to close Reynolds Elementary School at the end of the 2022-23 school year because of tests that show soil beneath the campus could liquefy and make the buildings’ foundations unstable in an earthquake. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2023 There are many other ways to store renewable energy that the researchers didn’t consider, such as with flywheels, supercapacitors, thermal storage in molten salts, and using excess electricity to liquefy air or to make fuels such as hydrogen and methane. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Sep. 2019 But it’s captured from those facilities and then it’s liquefied and transported to our Bushwick facility. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of liquefy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Liquefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


liq·​ue·​fy ˈlik-wə-ˌfī How to pronounce liquefy (audio)
liquefied; liquefying
: to make or become liquid

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