Scarify



verb (used with object), scarified, scarifying.
1.
to make scratches or superficial incisions in (the skin, a wound, etc.), as in vaccination.
2.
to lacerate by severe criticism.
3.
to loosen (the soil) with a type of cultivator.
4.
to hasten the sprouting of (hard-covered seeds) by making incisions in the seed coats.
5.
to break up (a road surface).
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(surgery) to make tiny punctures or superficial incisions in (the skin or other tissue), as for inoculating
2.
(agriculture)

to break up and loosen (soil) to a shallow depth
to scratch or abrade the outer surface of (seeds) to increase water absorption or hasten germination

3.
to wound with harsh criticism
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) (informal) to make scared; frighten

scarify scar·i·fy (skār’ə-fī’)
v. scar·i·fied, scar·i·fy·ing, scar·i·fies
To make shallow cuts in the skin, as when vaccinating.

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