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corrode

[ kuh-rohd ]
/ kəˈroʊd /
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verb (used with object), cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing.

to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, especially by chemical action.
to impair; deteriorate: Jealousy corroded his character.

verb (used without object), cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing.

to become corroded.

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Origin of corrode

1350–1400; Middle English (<Middle French ) <Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, equivalent to cor-cor- + rōdere to gnaw; akin to rodent

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British Dictionary definitions for corrode

corrode
/ (kəˈrəʊd) /

verb

to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
(tr) to destroy gradually; consumehis jealousy corroded his happiness

Derived forms of corrode

corrodant or corrodent, nouncorroder, nouncorrodible, adjectivecorrodibility, noun

Word Origin for corrode

C14: from Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, from rōdere to gnaw; see rodent, rat
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