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verb (used with object), ox·i·dized, ox·i·diz·ing.
  1. to convert (an element) into an oxide; combine with oxygen.
  2. to cover with a coating of oxide or rust.
  3. to take away hydrogen, as by the action of oxygen; add oxygen or any nonmetal.
  4. to remove electrons from (an atom or molecule), thereby increasing the valence.Compare reduce(def 12).
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verb (used without object), ox·i·dized, ox·i·diz·ing.
  1. to become oxidized.
  2. (especially of white wine) to lose freshness after prolonged exposure to air and often to darken in color.
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Also especially British, ox·i·dise.

Origin of oxidize

First recorded in 1795–1805; oxide + -ize
Related formsox·i·diz·a·ble, ox·i·da·ble [ok-si-duh-buh l] /ˈɒk sɪ də bəl/, adjectiveox·i·diz·a·bil·i·ty, nounan·ti·ox·i·diz·ing, adjectivehalf-ox·i·dized, adjectivenon·ox·i·diz·a·ble, adjectivenon·ox·i·diz·ing, adjectiveo·ver·ox·i·dize, verb o·ver·ox·i·dized, o·ver·ox·i·diz·ing.re·ox·i·dize, verb, re·ox·i·dized, re·ox·i·diz·ing.un·der·ox·i·dize, verb (used with object), un·der·ox·i·dized, un·der·ox·i·diz·ing.un·ox·i·diz·a·ble, adjectiveun·ox·i·dized, adjective
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Related Words for oxidized

heat, burn, rust, corrode

Examples from the Web for oxidized

Contemporary Examples of oxidized

Historical Examples of oxidized

  • When they are burnt, or oxidized, they become almost harmless.

    A Handbook of Health

    Woods Hutchinson

  • The yarn must be oxidized by exposure to the air for the same length of time as dipped.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet

  • The manganese ores are mined principally in the oxidized zone.

  • If the mission effect is desired, an oxidized or copper sash should be used.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor

  • This outcrop is oxidized, and being free, is easily amalgamated with mercury.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

British Dictionary definitions for oxidized



  1. to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen, as in formation of an oxide
  2. to form or cause to form a layer of metal oxide, as in rusting
  3. to lose or cause to lose hydrogen atoms
  4. to undergo or cause to undergo a decrease in the number of electronsCompare reduce (def. 12c)
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Derived Formsoxidization or oxidisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for oxidized



1802 (implied in oxidizable), from oxide + -ize. Related: Oxidized; oxidizing; oxidization.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

oxidized in Medicine


  1. To combine with oxygen; change into an oxide.
  2. To increase the positive charge or valence of an element by removing electrons.
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oxidized in Science


  1. To undergo or cause to undergo oxidation.
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