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corrode

verb cor·rode \kə-ˈrōd\

: to slowly break apart and destroy (metal, an object, etc.) through a chemical process

: to gradually destroy or weaken (something)

cor·rod·edcor·rod·ing

Full Definition of CORRODE

transitive verb
1
:  to eat away by degrees as if by gnawing; especially :  to wear away gradually usually by chemical action <the metal was corroded beyond repair>
2
:  to weaken or destroy gradually :  undermine <manners and miserliness that corrode the human spirit — Bernard De Voto>
intransitive verb
:  to undergo corrosion
cor·rod·ible \-ˈrō-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of CORRODE

  1. Rainwater may corrode the steel containers.
  2. Over time, the pipes become corroded and need to be replaced.
  3. After a few weeks in the ocean, the boat began to corrode.
  4. Years of lies and secrets had corroded their relationship.

Origin of CORRODE

Middle English, from Latin corrodere to gnaw to pieces, from com- + rodere to gnaw — more at rodent
First Known Use: 14th century
CORRODES Defined for Kids

corrode

verb cor·rode \kə-ˈrōd\
cor·rod·edcor·rod·ing

Definition of CORRODE for Kids

1
:  to wear away little by little (as by rust or acid)
2
:  to gradually destroy or weaken <corroding traditions>
Medical Dictionary

corrode

verb cor·rode \kə-ˈrōd\
cor·rod·edcor·rod·ing

Medical Definition of CORRODE

transitive verb
:  to eat away by degrees as if by gnawing; especially :  to wear away gradually usually by chemical action
intransitive verb
:  to undergo corrosion

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