- to become oxidized.
- (especially of white wine) to lose freshness after prolonged exposure to air and often to darken in color.
Also especially British, ox·i·dise.
Origin of oxidize
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- to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen, as in formation of an oxide
- to form or cause to form a layer of metal oxide, as in rusting
- to lose or cause to lose hydrogen atoms
- to undergo or cause to undergo a decrease in the number of electronsCompare reduce (def. 12c)
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- To combine with oxygen; change into an oxide.
- To increase the positive charge or valence of an element by removing electrons.
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- To undergo or cause to undergo oxidation.
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