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sanitize

[ san-i-tahyz ]
/ ˈsæn ɪˌtaɪz /

verb (used with object), san·i·tized, san·i·tiz·ing.

to free from dirt, germs, etc., as by cleaning or sterilizing.
to make less offensive by eliminating anything unwholesome, objectionable, incriminating, etc.: to sanitize a document before releasing it to the press.

Nearby words

sanitate, sanitation, sanitation worker, sanitationman, sanitization, sanitize, sanitizer, sanity, sanjak, sank, sanka
Also especially British, san·i·tise.

Origin of sanitize

First recorded in 1830–40; sanit(ary) + -ize
Related formssan·i·ti·za·tion, nounun·san·i·tized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sanitise

sanitize

sanitise

/ (ˈsænɪˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make sanitary or hygienic, as by sterilizing
to omit unpleasant details from (a news report, document, etc) to make it more palatable to the recipients
Derived Formssanitization or sanitisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sanitise

sanitize


v.

1836, from stem of sanitary + -ize. Metaphoric sense is from 1934. Related: Sanitized; sanitizing.

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