Definitions for oxidizeˈɒk sɪˌdaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ox•i•dizeˈɒk sɪˌdaɪz(v.)-dized, -diz•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to combine chemically with oxygen; convert into an oxide.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. to cover with a coating of oxide or rust.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. to increase the valence of (an atom or molecule) by removing electrons.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: Compare reduce (def. 9c). 12 4

  4. (v.i.)to become oxidized.

    Category: Chemistry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oxidise, oxidize, oxidate(verb)

    enter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide

    "This metal oxidizes easily"

  2. oxidize, oxidise, oxidate(verb)

    add oxygen to or combine with oxygen


  1. oxidize(Verb)

    To combine with oxygen or otherwise make an oxide.

  2. oxidize(Verb)

    To increase the valence (or the positive charge) of an element by removing electrons.

  3. oxidize(Verb)

    To coat something with an oxide.

  4. oxidize(Verb)

    To become oxidized.


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