ox·​y·​gen·​ate | \ ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) , äk-ˈsi-jə- How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce oxygenation (audio) , äk-​ˌsi-​jə-​ \ noun

Examples of oxygenate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jeffrey Engel, executive director of Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, mentioned ECMO, a process by which blood is removed from the body, passed through a membrane that oxygenates it and then returned to a vein or artery. New York Times, "N.Y. May Need 18,000 Ventilators Very Soon. It Is Far Short of That.," 17 Mar. 2020 These strategies of remote control also extend to Banksy’s dealings with the news media, whose publicity oxygenates his fame and mystique, but whose enquiries can be an irritant. Scott Reyburn, New York Times, "Banksy Is a Control Freak. But He Can’t Control His Legacy.," 5 Feb. 2020 Naturally occurring oxygen isn’t enough, so these engines, especially in rockets, have oxygenating agents that activate under heat and pressure. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "A Rotating Detonation Engine Would Revolutionize Rocket Launches," 19 Feb. 2020 There, he was hooked up to an ECMO machine, which oxygenates the body’s blood and organs so the lungs can rest. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The Teenager Who Needed a Double Lung Transplant Because He Vaped Has Something to Say," 31 Jan. 2020 There, he was hooked up to an ECMO machine, which takes over the job of the heart and lungs, pumping and oxygenating the body's blood supply. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Michigan teen needed new lungs because of vaping," 12 Nov. 2019 Related Stories Best of all, Verga says, the waste product of these discrete metal fires is just oxygenated, and therefore rusty, metal powder leftovers. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, Let's Burn Some Metal in Zero Gravity," 8 Nov. 2019 Orchids and bromeliads reverse the process at night and in a bedroom will keep the air well oxygenated. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: As the inside season arrives, here are some tips to help us all get along," 2 Nov. 2019 The same lack of wind that can cause marine heatwaves also fails to provide the mixing that helps to oxygenate the ocean. oregonlive, "Climate change and the ocean: What the latest UN report means for the Oregon coast," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Demand was given a boost by the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990, which spurred the use of ethanol as an oxygenate to combat pollution, and the RFS, created in 2005 and expanded two years later. 6. Washington Post, "How Trump (and Iowa) Changed How You Fuel Your Car," 18 Sep. 2019 Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Candace Bryan, Good Housekeeping, "15 Things Women With Perfect Skin Do Every Day," 4 Sep. 2015 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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“Oxygenate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxygenate. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oxygenate

technical : to add oxygen to (something)


transitive verb
ox·​y·​gen·​ate | \ ˈäk-si-jə-ˌnāt How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) , äk-ˈsij-ə- How to pronounce oxygenate (audio) \
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-​ How to pronounce oxygenation (audio) \ noun

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