- 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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Examples from the Web for sanitized
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Death and suffering must have dignity, and it must be sanitized.To Truly Shame Putin, Show Us the Bodies of MH17
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Is this ignorant and sanitized speech truly a windfall for feminism?Lana Del Rey and the Fault in Our ‘Feminist’ Stars
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Don't be fooled by the soft, sanitized, and safe version of Dr. King.We Need MLK’s Revolutionary Spirit
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January 20, 2014
Barbie, naturally, presented a sanitized version of his history.Week in Death: Earl Browning, the Moral Spy
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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
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Word Origin and History for sanitized
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