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

     

    scarify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈskærɪfaɪ//
     
    , BrE//ˈskeərɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskerɪfaɪ//
     
    (specialist)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scarify
    BrE BrE//ˈskærɪfaɪ//
     
    , BrE//ˈskeərɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskerɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it scarifies
    BrE BrE//ˈskærɪfaɪz//
     
    , BrE//ˈskeərɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskerɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple scarified
    BrE BrE//ˈskærɪfaɪd//
     
    , BrE//ˈskeərɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskerɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle scarified
    BrE BrE//ˈskærɪfaɪd//
     
    , BrE//ˈskeərɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskerɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form scarifying
    BrE BrE//ˈskærɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    , BrE//ˈskeərɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskerɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1scarify something to break up an area of grass, etc. and remove pieces of material from it that are not wanted Scarify the lawn vigorously with a rake.
  2. 2scarify something to make cuts in the surface of something, especially skin
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French scarifier, via late Latin from Greek skariphasthai ‘scratch an outline’, from skariphos ‘stylus’.
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