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Definition of deliquesce verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    deliquesce

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdelɪˈkwes//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪˈkwes//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deliquesce
    BrE BrE//ˌdelɪˈkwes//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪˈkwes//
     
    he / she / it deliquesces
    BrE BrE//ˌdelɪˈkwesɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪˈkwesɪz//
     
    past simple deliquesced
    BrE BrE//ˌdelɪˈkwest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪˈkwest//
     
    past participle deliquesced
    BrE BrE//ˌdelɪˈkwest//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪˈkwest//
     
    -ing form deliquescing
    BrE BrE//ˌdelɪˈkwesɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪˈkwesɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to become liquid as a result of decaying
  2. 2 [intransitive] (chemistry) to become liquid as a result of absorbing water from the air
  3. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: from Latin deliquescere ‘dissolve’, from de- ‘down’ + liquescere ‘become liquid’ (from liquere ‘be liquid’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deliquesce