car·​bon·​ize | \ ˈkär-bə-ˌnīz How to pronounce carbonize (audio) \
carbonized; carbonizing

Definition of carbonize

transitive verb

1 : to convert into carbon or a carbonic residue

Examples of carbonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Solarization sounds relatively easy — just cover your grass in plastic for a couple of months and let the intense heat carbonize your lawn. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 As China races to de-carbonize its economy by 2060, the country is rapidly enacting comprehensive new reporting requirements. Henning Ohlsson, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Williams laid out an ambitious set of recommendations for the city to de-carbonize its energy portfolio. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Dec. 2021 The governor has had an easier time seeking to de-carbonize the electric grid. Stephen Singer,, 20 Dec. 2021 What isn’t clear, though, is how seriously investors can take these green bonds when the entities issuing them continue in parallel to make profits from fossil fuels that carbonize the climate. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 23 Nov. 2021 Biden's call for a massive expansion of electric vehicle charging stations and other infrastructure that would help de-carbonize the single largest sector of the economy contributing to global warming. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021 Major institutional investors are also trying to de-carbonize their portfolios. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 When the Nomex suit encounters intense heat, its fibers thicken and carbonize, absorbing heat energy. Cory Graff, Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of carbonize

1798, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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13 Jul 2022

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“Carbonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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variants: or British carbonise \ ˈkär-​bə-​ˌnīz How to pronounce carbonize (audio) \
carbonized or British carbonised; carbonizing or British carbonising

Medical Definition of carbonize

transitive verb

: to convert into carbon or a carbonic residue

intransitive verb

: to become carbonized or charred

Other Words from carbonize

carbonization or British carbonisation \ ˌkär-​bə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce carbonize (audio) \ noun

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