Definition of polymerize in English:


(British polymerise)

Pronunciation /ˌpəˈliməˌrīz/ /ˌpəˈlɪməˌraɪz/ /ˈpälēmərīz/ /ˈpɑliməraɪz/


  • Combine or cause to combine to form a polymer.

    no object ‘this was baked until the sulfur began to polymerize’
    • ‘exposure to ultraviolet light polymerizes the biomaterials’
    • ‘a polymerized form of water’
    • ‘Bacterial fermentation of carbohydrates produces lactic acid, and this in turn can be chemically polymerised to a high molecular weight PLA polyester.’
    • ‘They are then treated with a reacting compound that causes the molecules to polymerize and change the color of hair.’
    • ‘Glucose loses two water molecules and rearranges to form hydroxymethyl furfural, which polymerizes into brown pigments that add flavor and color to the candy.’
    • ‘The principal reason for this is the unsaturated nature of the alkene that allows the double bond to polymerize and to participate in many other reactions that the saturated alkanes cannot.’
    • ‘These unsaturated hydrocarbons are readily oxidised and polymerised, which can reduce the oil's shelf life.’