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

  1. sanitate,
  2. sanitation,
  3. sanitation worker,
  4. sanitationman,
  5. sanitization,
  6. sanitizer,
  7. sanity,
  8. sanjak,
  9. sank,
  10. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sanitize



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 sanitize



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

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