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English definition of “ossify”

ossify

verb uk   /ˈɒs.ɪ.faɪ/ us    /ˈɑː.sə-/

ossify verb (IDEAS)

[I or T] formal disapproving If habits or ideas ossify, or if something ossifies them, they become fixed and unable to change: Years of easy success had ossified the company's thinking and it never faced up to the challenge of the new technology.

ossify verb (BODY)

[I] specialized medical If body tissue ossifies, it becomes hard and changes into bone.
ossified
adjective uk   /-faɪd/ us  
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