[ bahy-oh-di-greyd ]

verb (used without object),bi·o·de·grad·ed, bi·o·de·grad·ing.
  1. to decay and become absorbed by the environment: toys that will biodegrade when they're discarded.

Origin of biodegrade

First recorded in 1970–75; back formation from biodegradable

Other words from biodegrade

  • bi·o·deg·ra·da·tion [bahy-oh-deg-ruh-dey-shuhn], /ˌbaɪ oʊˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən/, noun

Words Nearby biodegrade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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