verb (used with object), ox·i·dized, ox·i·diz·ing.

  1. to convert (an element) into an oxide; combine with oxygen.
  2. to cover with a coating of oxide or rust.
  3. to take away hydrogen, as by the action of oxygen; add oxygen or any nonmetal.
  4. to remove electrons from (an atom or molecule), thereby increasing the valence.Compare reduce(def 12).

verb (used without object), ox·i·dized, ox·i·diz·ing.

  1. to become oxidized.
  2. (especially of white wine) to lose freshness after prolonged exposure to air and often to darken in color.


  1. to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction with oxygen, as in formation of an oxide
  2. to form or cause to form a layer of metal oxide, as in rusting
  3. to lose or cause to lose hydrogen atoms
  4. to undergo or cause to undergo a decrease in the number of electronsCompare reduce (def. 12c)

v.1802 (implied in oxidizable), from oxide + -ize. Related: Oxidized; oxidizing; oxidization. v.

  1. To combine with oxygen; change into an oxide.
  2. To increase the positive charge or valence of an element by removing electrons.

  1. To undergo or cause to undergo oxidation.

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