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Definition of "oxidize" []

  • To combine with oxygen; make into an oxide. (verb-transitive)
  • To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons. (verb-transitive)
  • To coat with oxide. (verb-transitive)
  • To become oxidized. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "oxidize" in a sentence
  • "Vitamins A, C, E, and folacin oxidize, meaning that their chemical structure is altered, and their nutritional value reduced."
  • ""Tetra wines oxidize after about 24 months," said Mr. Gott."
  • "For some reason in the Chapala area metals oxidize easily, plastics become brittle and wood dries out rapidly."