- The definition of corrode is to wear away slowly by rusting or with a chemical reaction, or to cause to deteriorate.
- An example of corrode is for a metal to get damaged by rust when wet for a long period of time.
- An example of corrode is for relations between two countries to become difficult after years of bad interactions.
- to eat into or wear away gradually, as by rusting or by the action of chemicals
- to work upon insidiously and cause to deteriorate: a heart corroded by bitterness
Origin: Middle English corroden ; from Old French corroder ; from Classical Latin corrodere, to gnaw to pieces ; from com-, intensive plush rodere, to gnaw: see rat
- corrodible adjective
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verb cor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing, cor·rodes verb, transitive
- To destroy a metal or alloy gradually, especially by oxidation or chemical action: acid corroding metal.
- To impair steadily; deteriorate: “Doubt and mistrust could creep into our lives, corroding personal and professional relationships” (Philip Taubman).
Origin: Middle English corroden, from Latin corrōdere, to gnaw away : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + rōdere, to gnaw; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.
- cor·rodˈi·ble, cor·roˈsi·ble adjective