[ kahr-buh-nahyz ]
/ ˈkɑr bəˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), car·bon·ized, car·bon·iz·ing.

to char (organic matter) until it forms carbon.
to coat or enrich with carbon.

verb (used without object), car·bon·ized, car·bon·iz·ing.

to become carbonized.
Also especially British, car·bon·ise.

Origin of carbonize

First recorded in 1800–10; carbon + -ize

Related forms

car·bon·iz·a·ble, adjectivecar·bon·iz·er, nounun·car·bon·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carbonize



/ (ˈkɑːbəˌnaɪz) /


to turn or be turned into carbon as a result of heating, fossilization, chemical treatment, etc
(tr) to enrich or coat (a substance) with carbon
(intr) to react or unite with carbon

Also (for senses 2, 3): carburize

Derived Forms

carbonization or carbonisation, nouncarbonizer or carboniser, noun
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