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

 

biodegrade

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪd//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they biodegrade
BrE BrE//ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪd//
 
he / she / it biodegrades
BrE BrE//ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪdz//
 
past simple biodegraded
BrE BrE//ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
 
past participle biodegraded
BrE BrE//ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪdɪd//
 
-ing form biodegrading
BrE BrE//ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪdɪŋ//
 
 
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(of a substance or chemical) to change back to a harmless natural state by the action of bacteria
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: biodegrade