- 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.
transitive verb-·rod′ed, -·rod′ing
- 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 of corrodeMiddle English corroden from Old French corroder from Classical Latin corrodere, to gnaw to pieces from com-, intensive + rodere, to gnaw: see rat
verbcor·rod·ed, cor·rod·ing, cor·rodes
- To destroy (a metal or alloy) gradually, especially by oxidation or chemical action: The acid corroded the metal.
- To impair steadily; deteriorate: “Doubt and mistrust could creep into our lives, corroding personal and professional relationships” ( Philip Taubman )
Origin of corrodeMiddle English corroden from Latin corrōdere to gnaw away com- intensive pref. ; see com- . rōdere to gnaw ; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.
- cor·rod′i·ble cor·ro′si·ble
(third-person singular simple present corrodes, present participle corroding, simple past and past participle corroded)
From Old French corroder, from Latin corrodere (“to gnaw”).