- 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.
Also especially British, san·i·tise.
Origin of sanitize
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- 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
Word Origin and History for sanitization
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The process of making something sanitary, as by cleaning or disinfecting.
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