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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.
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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  • Some are being pragmatic and solidifying their quality teaching status.
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  • Asking questions could prompt jurors to begin solidifying their position on aspects of the trial earlier than they should.
  • Shredded newspaper, sawdust, and mulch may also be used when solidifying paint.
British Dictionary definitions for solidifying


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 solidifying



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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