[ san-i-tahyz ]
See synonyms for: sanitizesanitized on

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.

Origin of sanitize

First recorded in 1830–40; sanit(ary) + -ize
  • Also especially British, san·i·tise .

Other words from sanitize

  • san·i·ti·za·tion, noun
  • un·san·i·tized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sanitize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sanitize



/ (ˈsænɪˌtaɪz) /

  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 forms of sanitize

  • sanitization or sanitisation, noun

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