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

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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 People might also just liquefy their assets in exchange for cold hard cash, which interest rates don't apply to. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "How Europe's deficit obsession turned bankers into stimulus fans," 28 Jan. 2020 More than 3 million jobs in Texas rely on international trade, and at one point China had targeted $10 billion in state exports for retaliatory tariffs, including liquefied propane, grain sorghum and cotton. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump plans 14th trip to Texas, this time to tout trade deals in Austin at Farm Bureau confab," 13 Jan. 2020 Hillside slopes have liquefied, unleashing slides that end up as muddy deltas in salmon streams. Hal Bernton, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska permafrost melts, roads sink, bridges tilt and greenhouse gases escape," 17 Dec. 2019 At a temperature of -196°C, all of air’s component gases will liquefy. The Economist, "Electrical energy can be captured as liquid air," 28 Nov. 2019 Washington’s liquefied natural-gas push comes as the EU seeks to preserve a trade truce with President Trump and avoid potential U.S. tariffs on cars. Emre Peker, WSJ, "U.S. Boosts Natural-Gas Exports to EU, Aiming to Dent Russian Sales," 2 May 2019 In Palu’s Petobo neighborhood, the quake caused loose soil to liquefy, creating quicksand-like mud that caused massive damage. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Aid slowly is tricking to Indonesian disaster-hit areas," 2 Oct. 2018 In Woodside, a small town south of San Francisco, One Concern’s earthquake simulations were valuable, including showing that the soil beneath an important rescue route would probably liquefy in a major earthquake, Mr. Ghiorso said. New York Times, "This High-Tech Solution to Disaster Response May Be Too Good to Be True," 9 Aug. 2019 The atoll was prone to rain and earthquakes, which could cause the ground at the drilling sites to liquefy. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Denver-based firm goes to work in the middle of the Indian Ocean," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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9 Feb 2020

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“Liquefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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