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

 

metabolize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//məˈtæbəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈtæbəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they metabolize
BrE BrE//məˈtæbəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈtæbəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it metabolizes
BrE BrE//məˈtæbəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈtæbəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple metabolized
BrE BrE//məˈtæbəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈtæbəlaɪzd//
 
past participle metabolized
BrE BrE//məˈtæbəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈtæbəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form metabolizing
BrE BrE//məˈtæbəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//məˈtæbəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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metabolize something (biology) to turn food, minerals, etc. in the body into new cells, energy and waste products by means of chemical processes We metabolize alcohol at different rates.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: metabolize