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

Synonyms & Antonyms for solidify


concrete, congeal, firm (up), freeze, harden, indurate, set


liquefy (also liquify), soften

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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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Castro is very much in position to solidify himself as the Tigers’ starting shortstop entering 2020. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro keeps his word to dad. Here's how," 27 Aug. 2019 Beyond the music lineups that are typically the pull to the festival, (this year's performers included Tierra Whack, Junglepussy FKA Twigs, Death Grips, and more) Afropunk has solidified itself as a fashion epicenter. Teen Vogue, "31 Stylish People at AfroPunk 2019 on What Punk Means To Them," 26 Aug. 2019 As the only city with two teams in the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and the home of the League of Legends Championship Series, Los Angeles is further solidifying itself as the epicenter of esports. Los Angeles Times, "Column: L.A. adds another rivalry, this time in the esports arena with the Gladiators and Valiant," 24 Aug. 2019 The social media star and cosmetics entrepreneur shouted out the tea brand in her Instagram Story this week, solidifying it as the Next Big Thing to take over Insta feeds everywhere. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Kylie Jenner is promoting CBD-laced 'Happy Tea.' What is it?," 13 Aug. 2019 This visit from Anthony Santander’s family came in a week when the 24-year-old Venezuelan outfielder continued to solidify himself as one of the early success stories of the Orioles’ rebuild. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles’ Anthony Santander proving worth the cheers as he rounds into consistent major league hitter," 9 Aug. 2019 Amari Carter has really solidified himself as a solid guy at that rover spot. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "UM coach Manny Diaz on QB competition and more: ‘This is the week of all weeks’," 5 Aug. 2019 That alone is enough to pique my interest, and this deal just solidifies it. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals this Saturday," 27 July 2019 Mary Louise will die In just six episodes, Mary Louise Wright, played by Meryl Streep, has solidified herself as one of the most frustratingly effective villains on TV this year. Raisa Bruner, Time, "How Will Season 2 of Big Little Lies End? These Are the Most Convincing Theories," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of solidify

1799, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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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to spread over or through

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