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carbonize

[ kahr-buh-nahyz ]
/ ˈkɑr bəˌnaɪz /
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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.

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Also especially British, car·bon·ise .

Origin of carbonize

First recorded in 1800–10; carbon + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM carbonize

car·bon·iz·a·ble, adjectivecar·bon·iz·er, nounun·car·bon·ized, adjective
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How to use carbonize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for carbonize

carbonize

carbonise

/ (ˈkɑːbəˌnaɪz) /

verb

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 of carbonize

carbonization or carbonisation, nouncarbonizer or carboniser, noun
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