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Meaning of corrode

cor•rode

Pronunciation: (ku-rōd'), [key]
— v., -rod•ed, -rod•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, esp. by chemical action.
  2. to impair; deteriorate: Jealousy corroded his character.
—v.i.
  1. to become corroded.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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