ox·​y·​gen·​ate | \ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt, äk-ˈsi-jə- \
oxygenated; oxygenating

Definition of oxygenate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to impregnate, combine, or supply (something, such as blood) with oxygen



Definition of oxygenate (Entry 2 of 2)

: an oxygen-containing substance (such as ethanol) used especially in gasoline to promote more complete combustion

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oxygenation \ ˌäk-​si-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən , äk-​ˌsi-​jə-​ \ noun

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Another way to boost the heat is to oxygenate the fire. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Grilling Turns Back to an Ancient Fuel: Wood," 29 June 2018 Luther Lowe: Senator, yesterday Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft, suggested that the U.S. vs. Microsoft case led to Microsoft kind of missing a moment and oxygenated the markets, allowed for new entrance to come about. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: U.S. Senator Mark Warner at Code 2018," 30 May 2018 Some recipes call for the use of baking soda or oxygenated bleach as well, but as this post from House Logic shows, the basic three-ingredient formula works the best. Jolie Kerr, Country Living, "6 DIY Cleaning Products You Can Easily Make at Home," 19 Mar. 2015 The critically ill patient was admitted to Children’s in March 2017 and required a breathing machine, a machine to oxygenate and pump the blood, and dialysis. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "Report faults Children’s Hospital for medication errors," 27 May 2018 The first segment includes five bioswales, a waterfall, an acequia and six trash collector systems to help oxygenate the water and filter out debris and pollutants. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Historic San Pedro Creek: a drainage ditch becomes a culture park," 5 May 2018 The six shades adapt to your skin tone, and oxygenating complex works to boost elasticity. Erin Jahns, The Seattle Times, "Best under-eye concealers for less than $15," 20 Apr. 2018 Some privately go further, seeing missions to oxygenate the atmospheres of sterile planets as preparing the ground for human colonisation in the far-distant future. The Economist, "Colonising the galaxy is hard. Why not send bacteria instead?," 12 Apr. 2018 Brains are expensive organs to maintain, in terms of the energy required to keep them nourished and oxygenated, and that size upgrade would have come at a cost. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Unstable climate forced early humans to be more social and creative," 18 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The original premise for using an oxygenate in our gasoline was to improve air quality. star-telegram, "Gasoline: Pump Us Up?," 28 Apr. 2018 That was the red line crossed that took MTBE out of our gasoline and moved the nation over to ethanol as our fuel oxygenate. star-telegram, "A Town, Without Pity," 20 Oct. 2017

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1788, in the meaning defined above


1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oxygenate

: to add oxygen to (something)


transitive verb
ox·​y·​gen·​ate | \ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt, äk-ˈsij-ə- \
oxygenated; oxygenating

Medical Definition of oxygenate 

: to impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen oxygenated blood better to oxygenate the patient firstAnesthesia Digest

Other Words from oxygenate

oxygenation \ ˌäk-​si-​jə-​ˈnā-​shən, äk-​ˌsij-​ə-​ \ noun

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