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.

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Also especially British, san·i·tise .

Origin of sanitize

First recorded in 1830–40; sanit(ary) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM sanitize

san·i·ti·za·tion, nounun·san·i·tized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sanitize

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 forms of sanitize

sanitization or sanitisation, noun
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