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Definition of corrode verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [transitive, intransitive] corrode (something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they corrode
    he / she / it corrodes
    past simple corroded
    -ing form corroding
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  1. 1to destroy something slowly, especially by chemical action; to be destroyed in this way Acid corrodes metal. The copper pipework has corroded in places.
  2. 2(figurative) Corruption corrodes public confidence in a political system.
noun [uncountable] Look for signs of corrosion. Clean off any corrosion before applying the paint.
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