sanitize

[ san-i-tahyz ]
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verb (used with object),san·i·tized, san·i·tiz·ing.
  1. to free from dirt, germs, etc., as by cleaning or sterilizing.

  2. to make less offensive by eliminating anything unwholesome, objectionable, incriminating, etc.: to sanitize a document before releasing it to the press.

Origin of sanitize

1
First recorded in 1830–40; sanit(ary) + -ize
  • Also especially British, san·i·tise .

Other words from sanitize

  • san·i·ti·za·tion, noun
  • un·san·i·tized, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sanitize

sanitize

sanitise

/ (ˈsænɪˌtaɪz) /


verb(tr)
  1. to make sanitary or hygienic, as by sterilizing

  2. to omit unpleasant details from (a news report, document, etc) to make it more palatable to the recipients

Derived forms of sanitize

  • sanitization or sanitisation, noun

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