oxidize

verb ox·i·dize \ ˈäk-sə-ˌdīz \

Definition of oxidize

oxidized; oxidizing
transitive verb
1 :to combine with oxygen
2 :to dehydrogenate especially by the action of oxygen
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)
intransitive verb
:to become oxidized

oxidizable

play \ˌäk-sə-ˈdī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of oxidize in a Sentence

  1. The paint oxidizes and discolors rapidly.

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First Known Use of oxidize

1802

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OXIDIZE Defined for English Language Learners

oxidize

verb

Definition of oxidize for English Language Learners

  • : to become combined with oxygen


OXIDIZE Defined for Kids

oxidize

verb ox·i·dize \ ˈäk-sə-ˌdīz \

Definition of oxidize for Students

oxidized; oxidizing
:to combine or become combined with oxygen The various metals will oxidize at different rates. Iron oxidizes to form rust.

Medical Dictionary

oxidize

verb ox·i·dize
variants: also British oxidise play \ˈäk-sə-ˌdīz\

medical Definition of oxidize

oxidized also British oxidised; oxidizing also British oxidising
transitive verb
1 :to combine with oxygen
2 :to dehydrogenate especially by the action of oxygen
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)
intransitive verb
:to become oxidized

oxidizable

play \-ˌdī-zə-bəl\ adjective


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