ionize (also ionise) VERB convert (an atom, molecule, or substance) into an ion or ions, typically by removing one or more electrons.
DERIVATIVES ionizable adjective ionization noun.

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  • ionize — v. i. 1. (Physics, Chemistry) to dissociate into ions, as by dissolution in water or another polar solvent. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ionize — i on*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ionized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ionizing}.] (Physics, Chemistry) To convert (an atom or molecule) into ions, e. g. by dissolving in water, by reaction with acid or alkali, or by interaction with ionizing radiation. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ionize — 1896, from ION (Cf. ion) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Ionized; ionizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • ionize — (Amer.) i·on·ize || aɪənaɪz v. convert into ions, separate into ions; produce ions in a solution (also ionise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ionize — [ī′ə nīz΄] vt., vi. ionized, ionizing to change or be changed into ions; dissociate into ions, as a salt dissolved in water, or become electrically charged, as a gas under the influence of radiation or electric discharge ionization n. ionizer n …   English World dictionary

  • ionize — de·ionize; ionize; au·to·ionize; …   English syllables

  • ionize — UK [ˈaɪənaɪz] / US [ˈaɪəˌnaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms ionize : present tense I/you/we/they ionize he/she/it ionizes present participle ionizing past tense ionized past participle ionized chemistry to form ions, or to make ions… …   English dictionary

  • ionize — verb (ionized; ionizing) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1898 transitive verb to convert wholly or partly into ions intransitive verb to become ionized • ionizable adjective • ionization noun • ionizer …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ionize — ionizable, adj. ionization, n. ionizer, n. /uy euh nuyz /, v., ionized, ionizing. v.t. 1. to separate or change into ions. 2. to produce ions in. v.i. 3. to become changed into the form of ions, as by dissolving. Also, esp. Brit., ionise …   Universalium

  • ionize — verb To dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged species; to be thus dissociated …   Wiktionary

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