verb (used with object), de·o·dor·ized, de·o·dor·iz·ing.

to rid of odor, especially of unpleasant odor.

Also especially British, de·o·dor·ise.

Origin of deodorize

First recorded in 1855–60; de- + odor + -ize
Related formsde·o·dor·i·za·tion, nounde·o·dor·iz·er, nounnon·de·o·dor·iz·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deodorize

Historical Examples of deodorize

  • “It must be a great care to deodorize herself,” I returned, with ill-concealed contempt.

    Unveiling a Parallel

    Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant

  • If we could deodorize the material from our sewers, and put it to practical uses, we would be gainers in many ways.

  • To neutralize putrefaction products in and about the teeth, correct fermentative processes, deodorize and purify the breath, etc.

  • "Yes, I will," replied Rolf, remembering now that he had omitted to deodorize his traps and his boots.

    Rolf In The Woods

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • At the Ontario Station a patent disinfectant wash called "Zenoleum" was incidentally used to deodorize incubators.

    The Dollar Hen

    Milo M. Hastings

British Dictionary definitions for deodorize




(tr) to remove, disguise, or absorb the odour of, esp when unpleasant
Derived Formsdeodorization or deodorisation, noundeodorizer or deodoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for deodorize

1858; see de- + odor + -ize. Related: Deodorized; deodorizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for deodorize




To mask or neutralize the odor of.
Related formsde•o′dor•i•zation (-dər-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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