a verbal suffix meaning “to make,” “cause to be,” “render” (simplify; beautify); “to become,” “be made” (liquefy). The suffix was introduced into English in loan words from Old French (deify), but is also used in the formation of new words, usually on a Latin root (reify).
< Old French-fier ≪ Latin-ficāre to do, make
—suffix forming verbs
to make or become: beautify; simplify; liquefy
[from Old French -fier, from Latin -ficāre, verbal ending formed from -ficus-fic]