He rarefies the pea soup with heavy cream because the consistency was a little too thick.
- An example of rarefy is add fresh air to a previously suffy room; to rarefy the air.
- An example of rarefy is to develop a sense of taste; to rarefy sense of taste.
intransitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to make or become thin, or less dense: the rarefied mountain air
- to make or become more refined, subtle, or lofty: usually in the pp.: a rarefied sense of humor
Origin of rarefyMiddle English rarefien from Middle French rarefier from Classical Latin rarefacere from rarus, rare + facere, to make, do
verbrar·e·fied, rar·e·fy·ing, rar·e·fies, also rar·i·fied or rar·i·fy·ing or rar·i·fies
- To make thin or less dense, as air.
- To purify or refine: “The [medieval] Italians … rarefy the image of the lady, treating her as a quasi-celestial figure” ( Marcia L. Colish )
Origin of rarefyMiddle English rarefien from Old French rarefier from Medieval Latin rārificāre alteration of Latin rārēfacere rārus rare facere to make ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present rarefies, present participle rarefying, simple past and past participle rarefied)
rare +"Ž -fy