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scarify

scar·i·fy

scarify

 
pronunciation:
sker rih faI
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scarified, scarifies, scarifying
definition 1: to make shallow cuts in (the skin).
definition 2: to loosen, break up, or stir (topsoil).
definition 3: to attack and hurt with sharp criticism; censure.
definition 4: to make slits or grooves in the hard covers of (seeds) in order to hasten germination.
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derivation: scarifier (n.)