- to become oxidized.
- (especially of white wine) to lose freshness after prolonged exposure to air and often to darken in color.
Also especially British, ox·i·dise.
Origin of oxidize
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Examples from the Web for oxidize
Of course, this causes the nail clippers to oxidize and the water turns rusty, but it boils.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
The lead may begin to oxidize if this is done and make it difficult to do a good job.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
When it hit that blue ship, you could almost see it oxidize before your eyes.Acid Bath
We take in fuel and oxidize it, using the heat as our source of power.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
It melts at from 150° to 160° Wedgewood; and does not oxidize at a white heat.
Sugar will oxidize readily, and in so doing will yield abundant power.Physiology
Ernest G. Martin
- to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen, as in formation of an oxide
- to form or cause to form a layer of metal oxide, as in rusting
- to lose or cause to lose hydrogen atoms
- to undergo or cause to undergo a decrease in the number of electronsCompare reduce (def. 12c)
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Word Origin and History for oxidize
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To combine with oxygen; change into an oxide.
- To increase the positive charge or valence of an element by removing electrons.
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- To undergo or cause to undergo oxidation.
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