- Present participle of saponify.
Variant of saponify
transitive verbsaponified, saponifying
to subject to saponification; specif., to convert (a fat) into soap by reaction with an alkali
Origin of saponifyFrench saponifier ; from Classical Latin sapo (gen. saponis), soap (; from Germanic an unverified form saipo- from source Old English sape, soap) + French -fier, -fy
to undergo conversion to soap