saponify
[ suh-pon-uh-fahy ]
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Part of Speechverb, verbOrigin + Etymology
early 19th century; Latin; from French saponifier, from Latin sapo, sapon- ‘soap’
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Definition
verbto convert (a fat) into soap by treating with an alkali
verbto become converted into soap
Examples
verbA) Using citrus fruits, we can saponify these oils into an all-natural soap. B) Don't worry, the acids in this cleaner are harmless, as they can only saponify grease.
verbA) With the right application of lemon juice, you can saponify your olive oil into actual bath soap. B) Be careful how you apply this, as it can saponify the liquids in high quantities.
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