[ 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.
Also especially British, san·i·tise.
Related formssan·i·ti·za·tion, nounun·san·i·tized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sanitize
After their poop is collected, it is run under a UV light to sanitize it.
You would try to wash them; you would try to sanitize them in some way.Be Afraid of Your Food: An Epidemiologist’s Sensible Advice|Amanda Kludt|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for sanitize
/ (ˈsænɪˌtaɪz) /
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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