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Cause to become; make: basify.
[Middle English -fien, from Old French -fier, from Latin -ficāre, -ficārī, from -ficus, -fic.]
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suffix forming verbs
to make or become: beautify; simplify; liquefy.
[from Old French -fier, from Latin -ficāre, verbal ending formed from -ficus -fic]
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a verbal suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, with the meanings “to make, cause to be, render” (clarify; purify); “to become, be made” (liquefy).Compare -ify.
[Middle English < Old French -fier < Latin -ficāre, frequentative derivative of facere to make, do1]
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