verb (used with object), os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing.
- to convert into or cause to harden like bone.
verb (used without object), os·si·fied, os·si·fy·ing.
- to become bone or harden like bone.
- to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.: a young man who began to ossify right after college.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
- to convert or be converted into bone
- (intr) (of habits, attitudes, etc) to become inflexible
v.1713, “to turn into bone,” a back-formation from ossification, or else modeled on French ossifier (18c.) and formed from Latin os (genitive ossis) “bone” (see osseous) + -fy. Figurative sense is from 1858. Related: Ossified; ossifying. v.
- To change into bone.