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 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 Between June 11 and June 20, scientists observed a widespread melting event covering about 270,000 square miles of the ice sheet, likely liquefying about 80 billion metric tons of ice. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "3 Things to Watch as Summer Heat Bakes the Arctic," 30 July 2019 Turns out, this is exactly what can happen when a quake liquefies the ground. Robin Abcarian,, "Every California family has an earthquake story. Mine is embarrassing but true," 9 July 2019 Cyprus, too, wants Egyptian firms to liquefy gas from its Aphrodite field. The Economist, "Egypt is optimistic about new gas discoveries in the Mediterranean," 5 July 2018 DePinna liquefied the dry technical NASA language describing weak gamma-ray bursts from the direction of Ursa Major with honks on Oba’s sax and all the players hitting their instruments with flexible hollow tubes. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Musicians turn the Big Dipper into an ‘interstellar cantata,’ with help from NASA," 11 Sep. 2019 Blend until tomatoes are completely liquefied and smooth. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We challenged local chefs to create 6-ingredient tomato recipes. Here's what they came up with.," 20 Aug. 2019 The virus apparently liquefies your organs, a prospect that Hobbs and Shaw view as only slightly more painful than having to work together. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ doesn’t quite hit that ‘Fast & Furious’ sweet spot," 1 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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19 Oct 2019

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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 How to pronounce liquefy (audio) \
liquefied; liquefying

Kids Definition of liquefy

: to make or become liquid

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