liq·ue·fy | \ˈli-kwə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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The recycled heat kept the iron liquefied for longer than the Bessemer process, giving workers more time to add the precise amounts of carbon-bearing iron alloys that turned the metal to steel. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Instead of food, the warmer’s vessels are filled with paraffin wax, which is liquefied by the heat. The Economist, "A pasteurisation machine for breast milk," 3 May 2018 The current iteration involves an 800-mile pipeline from the North Slope oil fields, ending on the Kenai Peninsula, where the gas would be liquefied and, most likely, shipped to Asia. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Lawmakers at odds over Alaska gas line corporation’s power to accept cash from unidentified investors," 16 Apr. 2018 These Shanghainese specialties get their moniker from the piping hot broth cleverly encased within, the result of a gelatinous soup that liquefies when heated. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "Boiled, Steamed, or Pan Fried? A Guide to Chinese Dumplings," 5 June 2018 That's because the nation must import natural gas in its relatively expensive liquefied form. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Bucking global trends, Japan again embraces coal power," 2 May 2018 Line 5 carries about 23 million gallons (87 million liters) of crude oil and liquefied natural gas daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. Washington Post, "Senators want temporary halt of oil flow through pipelines," 13 Apr. 2018 Line 5 carries about 23 million gallons of crude oil and liquefied natural gas daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. John Flesher,, "Senators want temporary halt of oil flow through Great Lakes pipelines over possible damage," 13 Apr. 2018 The human body, liquefied, smells like steamed clams. Hayley Campbell, WIRED, "A New Way to Dispose of Corpses—With Chemistry!," 27 Mar. 2018

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

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English Language Learners Definition of liquefy

: to cause (something) to become liquid


liq·ue·fy | \ˈli-kwə-ˌfī \
liquefied; liquefying

Kids Definition of liquefy

: to make or become liquid

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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