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verb ox·i·dize \ˈäk-sə-ˌdīz\

Simple Definition of oxidize

  • : to become combined with oxygen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oxidize


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to combine with oxygen

  3. 2 :  to dehydrogenate especially by the action of oxygen

  4. 3 :  to change (a compound) by increasing the proportion of the electronegative part or change (an element or ion) from a lower to a higher positive valence :  remove one or more electrons from (an atom, ion, or molecule)

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become oxidized

oxidizable play \ˌäk-sə-ˈdī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of oxidize in a sentence

  1. The paint oxidizes and discolors rapidly.


First Known Use of oxidize


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OXIDIZE Defined for Kids


verb ox·i·dize \ˈäk-sə-ˌdīz\

Definition of oxidize for Students


  1. :  to combine or become combined with oxygen <The various metals will oxidize at different rates.> <Iron oxidizes to form rust.>

Medical Dictionary


verb ox·i·dize

Medical Definition of oxidize

oxidized also British oxidised; oxidizing also British oxidising

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to combine with oxygen

  4. 2:  to dehydrogenate especially by the action of oxygen

  5. 3:  to change (a compound) by increasing the proportion of the electronegative part or change (an element or ion) from a lower to a higher positive valence :  remove one or more electrons from (an atom, ion, or molecule)

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to become oxidized

oxidizable \-ˌdī-zə-bəl\play adjective

Variants of oxidize

also British oxidise \ˈäk-sə-ˌdīz\play

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