from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To combine with oxygen; make into an oxide.
  • intransitive verb To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.
  • intransitive verb To coat with oxide.
  • intransitive verb To become oxidized.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cause to combine with oxygen; effect oxidation of.
  • To take up oxygen; combine with oxygen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To combine with oxygen or with more oxygen; to add oxygen to.
  • transitive verb To remove hydrogen from (anything), as by the action of oxygen.
  • transitive verb To subject to the action of oxygen or of an oxidizing agent, so as to bring to a higher grade, as an -ous compound to an -ic compound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb chemistry, transitive To combine with oxygen or otherwise make an oxide.
  • verb chemistry To increase the valence (or the positive charge) of an element by removing electrons.
  • verb To coat something with an oxide.
  • verb intransitive To become oxidized.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb enter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide
  • verb add oxygen to or combine with oxygen


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