liq·ue·fy also liq·ui·fy (lĭkwə-fī′)
v. liq·ue·fied, liq·ue·fy·ing, liq·ue·fies also liq·ui·fied or liq·ui·fy·ing or liq·ui·fies
To cause to become liquid, especially:
a. To melt (a solid) by heating.
b. To condense (a gas) by cooling.
To become liquid.
[Middle English liquefien, from Old French liquefier, from Latin liquefacere : liquēre, to be liquid + facere, to make; see FACT.]
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