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ossify

os·si·fy

ossify

 
 
pronunciation:
a sih faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ossified, ossifies, ossifying
definition 1: to make into or like bone.
definition 2: to make (patterns of thought, behavior, or the like) inflexible or rigid.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to harden into or like bone.
definition 2: to become inflexible or rigid, as in thought or behavior.
He had been an innovator, but he has since ossified and become intolerant of new ideas.
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derivations: ossification (n.), ossifier (n.)