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.
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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sanitize

sanitise

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 Formssanitization or sanitisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sanitize
v.

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

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