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

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liquefy ‎(third-person singular simple present liquefies, present participle liquefying, simple past and past participle liquefied)

  1. (physics, chemistry) To make into a liquid, either by condensing a gas or by melting a solid.
    • 1878 March 12, Gaston Tissandier, Liquefaction of Gases, article in Popular Science Monthly,
      Faraday succeeded in liquefying a certain number of gases by compression and refrigeration, but there still remained a number that proved absolutely refractory to the most powerful agencies; hence these gases were called permanent. [] A retired manufacturer, who at the same time is a distinguished man of science, M. Cailletet, has subdued the permanent gases, having succeeded in liquefying and solidifying them.
  2. (cooking) To make into a liquid by mashing, such as by using a blender.
    • 2007, May Jideofo, Ukwa (Breadfruit Beans), recipe in Healthier Alternatives: Low Saturated Fat African Cooking and Recipes, page 38,
      Place crayfish and fresh pepper in a blender, add small water, liquefy and cook for 20 minutes or until tender.


  • (make liquid from gas): condense
  • (make liquid from solid): melt

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