AskDefine | Define saponify

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1 become converted into soap by being hydrolized into an acid and alcohol as a result of being treated with an alkali; "the oil saponified"
2 convert into soap by hydrolizing an ester into an acid and alcohol as a result of treating it with an alkali; "saponify oils and fats" [also: saponified]

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(transitive and intransitive)
  1. to convert a fat or oil into soap; to be converted into soap
  2. to hydrolyze an ester using an alkali
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