Definition of alloy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they alloy
BrE BrE//əˈlɔɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlɔɪ//
he / she / it alloys
BrE BrE//əˈlɔɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlɔɪz//
past simple alloyed
BrE BrE//əˈlɔɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlɔɪd//
past participle alloyed
BrE BrE//əˈlɔɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlɔɪd//
-ing form alloying
BrE BrE//əˈlɔɪɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlɔɪɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//əˈlɔɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈlɔɪ//
alloy something (with something) (specialist) to mix one metal with another, especially one of lower value The copper was alloyed with tin to make bronze.
Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Old French aloi (noun) and French aloyer (verb), both from Old French aloier, aleier ‘combine’, from Latin alligare ‘bind’. In early use the term denoted the comparative purity of gold or silver; the sense ‘mixture of metals’ arose in the mid 17th cent.
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