Definition of biodegrade in English:

biodegrade

verb

[no object]
  • (of a substance or object) be decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms.

    ‘most plastics will not biodegrade in landfill sites’
    • ‘These ones have some sort of a plastic film that probably won't biodegrade for 10,000 years.’
    • ‘We ought to get rid of them soon as we can or the bags will biodegrade on us.’
    • ‘The coating biodegrades rapidly, because it is made from environmentally friendly materials.’
    • ‘Handsets and cartridges can take years to biodegrade - a single printer cartridge takes up to 1000 years to decompose - meaning that if dumped in landfill sites these items can pose a long term threat to the environment.’
    • ‘I am surprised at this - I wouldn't have thought it would biodegrade so quickly.’
    • ‘There are also thousands of little bits of bin bags, as the biodegradable ones we used to store all the stuff started to biodegrade very efficiently.’
    • ‘These items can cause pollution and take hundreds of years to biodegrade.’
    • ‘How long does it take a disposable plastic pad to biodegrade?’
    • ‘What make it worse is that the filter of a cigarette is made from cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, so it can take many years for it to biodegrade.’
    • ‘I am far less plastic and will therefore biodegrade easier when I die.’
    • ‘In our climate, organic waste biodegrades rapidly, which widens our options for dealing with it.’
    • ‘The plastic in the seats and dashboards never biodegrades.’
    • ‘But once the container hits the backyard compost pile or municipal landfill, it biodegrades in only a few weeks.’
    • ‘The manufactured disposable dishes have a very long half-life, meaning that they biodegrade at an enormously slow rate.’
    • ‘That's not where it all ends, for it's been found that some types of synthetic material used for making cups doesn't easily biodegrade.’
    • ‘These disposable nappies end up in landfill sites where they can take up to 500 years to biodegrade.’
    • ‘Made from non-renewable oil resources, they are toxic, do not biodegrade, and are harmful to animals.’
    • ‘These excess materials often end up as waste in landfills, taking years to biodegrade.’
    • ‘It is not known how long it takes them to biodegrade but it could take hundreds of years.’
    • ‘Should the product end up in a landfill, it will biodegrade.’

Pronunciation

biodegrade

/bʌɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪd/