so·​lid·​i·​fy | \ sə-ˈli-də-ˌfī How to pronounce solidify (audio) \
solidified; solidifying

Definition of solidify

transitive verb

1 : to make solid, compact, or hard
2 : to make secure, substantial, or firmly fixed factors that solidify public opinion

intransitive verb

: to become solid, compact, or hard

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solidification \ sə-​ˌli-​də-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce solidification (audio) \ noun

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Examples of solidify in a Sentence

Work is under way to solidify the concrete that supports the building. Hot wax solidifies as it cools. Recent findings helped to solidify our position. The international community is working to solidify its alliances.
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Recent Examples on the Web As couples look to safely solidify their union, some are planning intimate ceremonies at home, while others are pushing back their original wedding dates to the following year. Ivy Manners, New York Times, "Is the Wedding Off? (For Now?) Here’s What to Do Next.," 23 May 2020 The fat in the dough needs to solidify a bit to hold their shape while baking. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cookies Are as Delicious as They Look," 15 May 2020 Flowers had slight improvement over the next two seasons, but still struggled to solidify the left side of the line. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Can the Browns win with a rookie left tackle? Three high draft picks who did not work out as expected," 14 May 2020 But rather, the duo wore matching evil eye bracelets, accessories that are said to ward off evil spirits, to solidify their impending parenthood. Eliza Huber,, "Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik Sport Matching Evil Eye Bracelets," 5 May 2020 Bayer bought Monsanto in order to solidify its hold on the lucrative agro-chemicals and seeds market. Tim Loh,, "Bayer’s Chairman to Leave After Monsanto Purchase Turns Sour," 5 May 2020 The government has long viewed the national stockpile supples as a holdover during an emergency so the government could buy time for manufacturers to boost output and for new supply chains to solidify, according to a senior administration official. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, officials say," 1 Apr. 2020 He and the Guild are working to solidify guidelines for breweries so owners can start to plan better for whatever comes next. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Coronavirus marks a watershed moment for Arizona breweries. Now they're in survival mode," 24 Mar. 2020 As a developmental period, early adolescence is marked by a deep need to connect, belong, and fit in, as well as a need to solidify values, assert autonomy, find purpose, and have fun. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A therapist’s advice for helping pre-teens in a coronavirus lockdown," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of solidify

1799, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of solidify was in 1799

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26 May 2020

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“Solidify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of solidify

: to make (something) solid or hard or to become solid or hard
: to make (a plan, project, etc.) stronger and more certain or to become stronger and more certain


so·​lid·​i·​fy | \ sə-ˈli-də-ˌfī How to pronounce solidify (audio) \
solidified; solidifying

Kids Definition of solidify

: to make or become solid The melted wax solidified as it cooled.

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