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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become solid, compact, or hard
solidification noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The lapses that defined last season’s roller-coaster ride have been absent for a team that turned over more than half of its roster and continues to solidify its position as one of the elite teams in college basketball this season. Mike Rodak |, al, 14 Jan. 2023 With five picks, including the No. 5 overall selection, Portland will seek to solidify its depth and build on its success in previous drafts. oregonlive, 11 Jan. 2023 The Giants and Commanders are both 7-5-1 and sit at the respective sixth and seventh seed in the NFC playoff picture, so a win for either team would help solidify their standing and push the losing team onto the bubble. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 18 Dec. 2022 The UConn football team remains bowl eligible, but missed its chance to solidify its position and finish the regular season with a winning record. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 19 Nov. 2022 Ukraine is looking to solidify battlefield gains in the east and south before winter sets in, when both sides will likely slow operations. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2022 Despite all that Biden has accomplished in two years, many Latino activists believe the administration has missed opportunities to solidify support and stop a slow but significant uptick in Latino support for Republicans. Eli Stokolsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2022 Creating programs that highlight student success and promote parents’ support for educational programs or resources can help solidify a brand in the minds of both new and existing users and keep them coming back. Vivek Sunder, Forbes, 5 July 2022 What if the defensive tackle rotation, especially the nose guards, continues to solidify? Nathan Baird, cleveland, 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Solidify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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so·​lid·​i·​fy sə-ˈlid-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce solidify (audio)
solidified; solidifying
: to make or become solid, compact, or hard

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