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oxidizeverb [I or T]

(UK usually oxidise) uk   /ˈɒk.sɪ.daɪz/  us   /ˈɑːk-/
If a ​substance oxidizes, it ​combines with oxygen and ​loses hydrogen to ​form another ​substance, and if something oxidizes a ​substance, it ​causes it to do this: Iron oxidizes to ​formrust. When you ​heatfat, it oxidizes ​easily. If a ​chemicalelement oxidizes, it ​loses electrons (= very ​smallpieces of ​matter with ​negativeelectricalcharge) and if you oxidize it, you ​cause it to do this.
oxidization
noun [U] (UK usually oxidisation) uk   /ˌɒk.sɪ.daɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɑːk-/ (US usually oxidation )
(Definition of oxidize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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oxidizeverb [I/T]

 /ˈɑk·sɪˌdɑɪz/
chemistry to ​react with ​oxygen and ​rust chemistry Oxidize also ​means to ​cause an ​atom or ​group of ​atoms to ​loseelectrons during a ​chemicalreaction.
(Definition of oxidize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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