oxidize

To oxidize is to chemically combine with oxygen. If you have a rusty car, that is the result of "oxidizing."

In chemistry class, you'll probably learn about oxidizing, which is when oxygen molecules combine with other molecules to produce an oxide. The most common example of oxidizing is rusting: oxygen interacts with iron molecules to produce the new (and unwelcome) iron oxide molecules, better known as rust. There are other types of oxidizing too, such as how the oxygen in our bodies is used to break down sugars. Oxidizing is a type of chemical reaction.

Definitions of oxidize
1

v enter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide

“This metal oxidizes easily”
Synonyms:
oxidate, oxidise
oxidate, oxidise
add oxygen to or combine with oxygen
Types:
rust
become coated with oxide
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v add oxygen to or combine with oxygen

Synonyms:
oxidate, oxidise
oxidate, oxidise
enter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide
rust
become coated with oxide
Antonyms:
deoxidise, deoxidize, reduce
to remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons
Types:
catabolise, catabolize
subject to catabolism
breathe
reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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