- to become changed into the form of ions, as by dissolving.
Also especially British, i·on·ise.
Origin of ionize
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Examples from the Web for ionize
Organic compounds, on the other hand, ionize only very slowly, if at all.The Chemistry of Plant Life
Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
Second, the upper atmosphere of Eisberg was pretty much pure hydrogen, which is somewhat easier to ionize than oxygen or nitrogen.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
Certain ultra-violet rays also ionize the air and cause the formation of ozone.Artificial Light
- to change or become changed into ions
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Word Origin and History for ionize
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- To dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.
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- To give an atom or group of atoms a net electric charge by adding or removing one or more electrons.
- To form ions in a substance. Lightning ionizes air, for example.
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