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 .
- san·i·ti·za·tion, noun
- un·san·i·tized, adjective
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How to use sanitize in a sentence
A sanitizing vacuum helps kick pathogens out the door, a beast of an air treatment machine works to fix poor indoor air quality, and burly roof shingles ensure you’ll stay dry regardless of how hard the wind blows.
In addition to advances made by companies like J Ferg Global, the increasing need to safely and efficiently sanitize workspaces has created an exciting opportunity for innovation.Making the workplace safer with innovative covid-19-fighting solutions | Jason Sparapani | December 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Touchless sinks, like the U by Moen Smart Kitchen Faucet, allows everyone to quickly and safely sanitize while keeping germs at bay.
Our stores still are not clean, our bathrooms not fully sanitized.If Walmart wants to hear workers’ voices, it should give us a seat at the table | matthewheimer | October 16, 2020 | Fortune
Stripping food from its undoubtedly political history in order to offer a sanitized version digestible by the majority allows for the frightening notion that minorities are separate and distinct from what they offer to the country.Why Do Fast-Casual Restaurants Get a Pass on Appropriation? | Jenny Dorsey | October 5, 2020 | Eater
Where necessary, the commission will provide pens in polling booths that will be routinely sanitized.
Between runs, transport trucks not only must be cleaned, they now have to be sanitized.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon | Carrie Arnold | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Death and suffering must have dignity, and it must be sanitized.
Is this ignorant and sanitized speech truly a windfall for feminism?Lana Del Rey and the Fault in Our ‘Feminist’ Stars | Amy Zimmerman | June 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Don't be fooled by the soft, sanitized, and safe version of Dr. King.
British Dictionary definitions for sanitize
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
- sanitization or sanitisation, noun
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