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. verb
    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
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    types:
    rust
    become coated with oxide
    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    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
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    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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