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Ni"tri*fy (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nitrified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Nitrifying (?).] [Niter + -fy: cf. F. nitrifer. See Niter.] (Chem.) To combine or impregnate with nitrogen; to convert, by oxidation, into nitrous or nitric acid; to subject to, or produce by, nitrification.
The verb has 3 senses
1. nitrify -- treat (soil) with nitrates
2. nitrify -- convert into nitric acid, nitrous acid, or nitrate, especially with the action of nitrobacteria
3. nitrify,nitrogenize,nitrogenise -- treat with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound