[ bahy-oh-di-greyd ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪd /
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verb (used without object), bi·o·de·grad·ed, bi·o·de·grad·ing.
to decay and become absorbed by the environment: toys that will biodegrade when they're discarded.
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Origin of biodegrade
First recorded in 1970–75; back formation from biodegradable
OTHER WORDS FROM biodegradebi·o·deg·ra·da·tion [bahy-oh-deg-ruh-dey-shuhn], /ˌbaɪ oʊˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use biodegrade in a sentence
It could take years to biodegrade, endanger animals, or even put other people at risk.Once you know what happens to food you leave outdoors, you’ll stop doing it|Alisha McDarris|January 14, 2021|Popular Science
Some years ago, a company asked the UCSD team to develop a greener surfboard, one that would biodegrade and not depend so much on fossil fuels.