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[suh-lid-uh-fahy] /səˈlɪd əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), solidified, solidifying.
to make solid; make into a hard or compact mass; change from a liquid or gaseous to a solid form.
to unite firmly or consolidate.
to form into crystals; make crystallized.
verb (used without object), solidified, solidifying.
to become solid.
to form into crystals; become crystallized.
Origin of solidify
1790-1800; < French solidifier. See solid, -ify
Related forms
solidifiability, solidifiableness, noun
solidifiable, adjective
solidification, noun
solidifier, noun
nonsolidification, noun
nonsolidified, adjective
nonsolidifying, adjective
oversolidification, noun
oversolidify, verb (used with object), oversolidified, oversolidifying.
resolidification, noun
resolidify, verb, resolidified, resolidifying.
unsolidified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solidify
  • My cranberry sauce remains watery and doesn't solidify.
  • All those comments seemed to solidify the conventional wisdom about grant writing.
  • He has to appeal to the centre, solidify the base and clarify what his candidacy is about.
  • The piece is fired in a kiln multiple times to melt and solidify the enamel, and finally it is polished to a lustrous shine.
  • To excel in science meant to solidify the glory of one's country at a time of significant instability in the region.
  • When lava flows in channels, the exterior can cool and solidify while the interior is still hot and molten.
  • Rather, it will solidify the unquestioning glorification of the war.
  • Portraits solidify the glances and gazes that tell their story of resilience.
  • When the coating is exposed to ultraviolet light, individual molecules quickly link together in much longer chains and solidify.
  • If he elects to stick to his guns, then he will solidify his position as an ambitious, silver-tongued one-termer.
British Dictionary definitions for solidify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or become solid or hard
to make or become strong, united, determined, etc
Derived Forms
solidifiable, adjective
solidification, noun
solidifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for solidify

1799 (transitive); 1837 (intransitive), from French solidifier, from Old French solide (see solid (adj.)) + -fier (see -fy). Related: Solidified; solidifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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