- The definition of metabolize is when an organism undergoes an organic or chemical process that is necessary for life.
An example of metabolize is for the body to use up the calories in foods.
verbme·tab·o·lized, me·tab·o·liz·ing, me·tab·o·liz·es
- To perform metabolism: observed that the cells had stopped metabolizing.
- To undergo change by metabolism: a compound that metabolizes in the liver.
(third-person singular simple present metabolizes, present participle metabolizing, simple past and past participle metabolized)