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Verb: oxidise  'ók-si,dIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: oxidize)
  1. (chemistry) add oxygen to or combine with oxygen
    - oxidize, oxidate
     
  2. Enter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide
    "This metal oxidises easily";
    - oxidize, oxidate
     
  3. (chemistry) increase the valence (or the positive charge) of an element by removing electrons
    - oxidize

Derived forms: oxidises, oxidised, oxidising

See also: oxidised [Brit]

Type of: alter, change, modify

Antonym: deoxidise [Brit]

Encyclopedia: Oxidise