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

Derived forms: oxidizing, oxidizes, oxidized

See also: oxidized

Type of: alter, change, modify

Antonym: deoxidise [Brit]

Encyclopedia: Oxidize