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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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 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

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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