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 Collect your sap in the container and cook it near the fire to liquefy it. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Tips For Building a Bow (and Arrows) in a Survival Situation," 25 June 2020 In general, floaters develop because the gel inside your eye starts to liquefy partially, says Laura Sperazza, O.D., director of low vision services at Lighthouse Guild in New York City. Barbara Brody, Better Homes & Gardens, "Eye Doctors Debunk 5 Common Myths (Plus, 3 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy)," 7 Apr. 2020 Houston liquefied natural gas company Tellurian is laying off 70 workers, about 40 percent of its 176 employees, and shuffling executives amid tightening market conditions for the industry. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Tellurian lays off nearly half of its workers, shuffles executives," 9 Mar. 2020 How effective negative interest rates can be largely boils down to how easily different assets can be liquefied into cash, which in turn involves a lot of guesswork about the extent of things like the shadow banking system. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "How Europe's deficit obsession turned bankers into stimulus fans," 28 Jan. 2020 Beginning in 1389, the martyr’s dried blood—preserved in two small glass ampoules—was observed to spontaneously liquefy on certain occasions, such as papal visits. Michael Hardy, Wired, "In Naples, Faith Substitutes for What Science Can’t Foresee," 28 Feb. 2020 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

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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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12 Jul 2020

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“Liquefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 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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