Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To become liquid.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To convert from a gaseous form into a liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English liquefien, from Old French liquefier, from Latin liquefacere : liquēre, to be liquid + facere, to make; see fact.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English liquefien, from Anglo-Norman liquefier, from Latin liquefacere.

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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

    RoguePundit

  • 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.

    RoguePundit

  • 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.

    RoguePundit

  • 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.

    RoguePundit

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