Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

sanitize

[san-i-tahyz]
See more synonyms for sanitize on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sanitized

Contemporary Examples


British Dictionary definitions for sanitized

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
Show More
Derived Formssanitization or sanitisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sanitized

sanitize

v.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper