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 liquefy (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 Such a quake would inundate the coast with a wave up to 30 meters high, liquefy soil under cities, and likely claim thousands of lives. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 30 June 2021 Jelly animals all but disappear in the guts of fish, and many simply liquefy when exposed to surface pressure. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 1 July 2021 And that’s because the diamonds in it are carefully pulverized to a size that would liquefy almost any other organic material. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 27 June 2021 Smith again raised money by selling 20-year contracts for services to liquefy natural gas to BP and Japanese giants such as Osaka Gas and Jera. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Since the 2016 workshop that spelled out the dangers of a vapor cloud explosion, six export terminals, with facilities to chill and liquefy natural gas, have begun operations, in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Maryland. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 What is more, the trend to liquefy gas and ship it around the world in giant tankers has given importers much more choice about where to buy. The Economist, 3 Oct. 2020 Government forces are trying to win back control from the insurgents of the port town of Mocimboa da Praia, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from where companies including Total SE plan to liquefy offshore natural-gas reserves for export., 9 Sep. 2020 The move follows a rapid climb that started two months ago, when hot temperatures had air conditioners on full blast and the global economy began to reopen, pushing up demand from facilities that liquefy gas. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2020

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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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liquefied petroleum gas



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11 Sep 2021

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“Liquefy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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