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oxidizeverb [I or T]

(UK usually oxidise) uk   /ˈɒk.sɪ.daɪz/  us   /ˈɑːk.sə.daɪz/
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 form rust. When you heat fat, it oxidizes easily.
If a chemical element oxidizes, it loses electrons (= very small pieces of matter with negative electrical charge) and if you oxidize it, you cause it to do this.
oxidization
noun [U] (UK usually oxidisation) uk   /ˌɒk.sɪ.daɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɑːk.sə.dəˈzeɪ.ʃən/ (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 lose electrons during a chemical reaction.
(Definition of oxidize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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