Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to become liquid, especially:
  • transitive v. To melt (a solid) by heating.
  • transitive v. To condense (a gas) by cooling.
  • intransitive v. To become liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make into a liquid, either by condensing a gas or by melting a solid.
  • v. To make into a liquid by mashing, such as by using a blender.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To convert from a solid form to that of a liquid; to melt; to dissolve; and technically, to melt by the sole agency of heat.
  • transitive v. To convert from a gaseous form into a liquid.
  • intransitive v. To become liquid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make liquid; melt, as a solid, or compress, as a gas, into a liquid state.
  • To become liquid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make (a solid substance) liquid, as by heating
  • v. become liquid or fluid when heated
  • v. become liquid

Etymologies

Middle English liquefien, from Old French liquefier, from Latin liquefacere : liquēre, to be liquid + facere, to make; see fact.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English liquefien, from Anglo-Norman liquefier, from Latin liquefacere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Speaking of which, the "i" in "ify" is there strictly for convenience, and is replaced by an "e" in such verbs as liquefy, which is another way of saying drinkify, and may yet catch on in the boardrooms of PepsiCo.

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  • The basic idea of the proposal is, in effect, to "liquefy" everyone's current employer-provided health insurance policies -- i.e., require all employers to pay in cash to each employee the actual cost of that individual's insurance policy, and that extra compensation would have to be used by each employee to purchase health insurance policies.

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  • Using the "liquefy" mode, blend until completely combined, smooth and creamy.

    Coquito (Coconut Eggnog)

  • Some companies are charging as much as 6000 dollar for 'fat-dissolving' injections, while others promise to 'liquefy' your flab.

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  • Government created Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to "liquefy" the mortgage market

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  • John Etherington, a retired reader of ecology at the University of Wales in Cardiff and specialist in environmental science, argued that highly decayed peat can "liquefy" through vibration.

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  • The accusations of digital trickery are especially ironic given that Kate was one of the most egregious and unwilling victims of Photoshop's "liquefy" function of all time in her now infamous 2003

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  • The U.S. already exports vast amounts of coal, and companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. are pursuing or exploring plans to liquefy newly abundant natural gas and send it overseas.

    U.S. Nears Milestone: Net Fuel Exporter

  • If it did, the shock wave would liquefy his organs and kill him in about one ten-thousandth of a second.

    Gideon’s war

  • Cut about 1 kilogram of cactus tunas in half, scoop the flesh out into a blender and liquefy and then strain to remove the seeds.

    Cactus fruit sorbet

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