One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(added to nouns) forming verbs denoting making or producing.‘speechify’
- 1.1 Denoting transformation or the process of making into.‘deify’‘petrify’
- 1.1 Denoting transformation or the process of making into.
2Forming verbs denoting the making of a state defined by an adjective.‘amplify’‘falsify’
3Forming verbs expressing a causative sense.‘horrify’
From French -fier, from Latin -ficare, -facere, from facere ‘do, make’.
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