- to become changed into the form of ions, as by dissolving.
Also especially British, i·on·ise.
Origin of ionize
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- to change or become changed into ions
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Word Origin and History for self-ionization
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- To dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.
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- To give an atom or group of atoms a net electric charge by adding or removing one or more electrons.
- To form ions in a substance. Lightning ionizes air, for example.
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