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anonymize

[ uh-non-uh-mahyz ]
/ əˈnɒn əˌmaɪz /
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verb (used with object), a·non·y·mized, a·non·y·miz·ing.
to block or eliminate identifying information from (test results, data, authorship, etc.), especially for purposes of statistical analysis, product appraisal, or personal privacy; to make anonymous: anonymizing cancer patients’ medical histories for our research files; software that helps you anonymize your online activity.
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Also especially British, a·non·y·mise .

Origin of anonymize

First recorded in 1855–60 for an earlier sense; the current sense was first recorded in 1970–75; anonym(ous) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM anonymize

a·non·y·mi·za·tion, nouna·non·y·miz·er, noun
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How to use anonymize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for anonymize

anonymize

anonymise

/ (əˈnɒnɪˌmaɪz) /

verb
(tr) to carry out or organize in such a way as to preserve anonymityanonymized AIDS screening
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