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[ok-si-juh-neyt] /ˈɒk sɪ dʒəˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), oxygenated, oxygenating.
to treat, combine, or enrich with oxygen:
to oxygenate the blood.
Origin of oxygenate
1780-90; oxygen + -ate1
Related forms
oxygenation, noun
oxygenator, noun
antioxygenating, adjective
antioxygenation, noun
antioxygenator, noun
hyperoxygenate, verb (used with object), hyperoxygenated, hyperoxygenating.
hyperoxygenation, noun
nonoxygenated, adjective
superoxygenate, verb (used with object), superoxygenated, superoxygenating.
superoxygenation, noun
unoxygenated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oxygenate
  • Forests also oxygenate the air, modify climate, and contribute to our recreational and personal needs.
  • Rooted underwater plants also oxygenate the water, helping to counteract any tendency toward eutrophication.
  • These inserts draw in air to oxygenate the fire and channel smoke outside, either up the chimney or through a vent.
  • The main purpose of the modeling is to estimate potential water quality impacts of using ethanol as an oxygenate in gasoline.
  • If you bubble air through the straw, it can help oxygenate the water.
British Dictionary definitions for oxygenate


to enrich or be enriched with oxygen: to oxygenate blood
Derived Forms
oxygenation, noun
oxygenizer, oxygeniser, noun
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oxygenate in Medicine

oxygenate ox·y·gen·ate (ŏk'sĭ-jə-nāt') or ox·y·gen·ize (-jə-nīz')
v. ox·y·gen·at·ed or ox·y·gen·ized, ox·y·gen·at·ing or ox·y·gen·iz·ing, ox·y·gen·ates or ox·y·gen·iz·es
To treat, combine, or infuse with oxygen.

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oxygenate in Science
To combine or mix with oxygen, as in a physical, chemical, or biological system. Blood is oxygenated in the lungs.
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