Etymology
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oxidize (v.)

1802 "cause to combine with oxygen" (implied in oxidizable); by 1803 in the intransitive sense of "combine with oxygen;" from oxide + -ize. Related: Oxidized; oxidizing; oxidization.

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Definitions of oxidize

oxidize (v.)
enter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide;
This metal oxidizes easily
Synonyms: oxidise / oxidate
oxidize (v.)
add oxygen to or combine with oxygen;
Synonyms: oxidise / oxidate
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