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
We always wore our masks, and we washed our hands, and we didn’t hang out with people, but I don’t feel like myself or my husband were, like, super-anxious about getting sick and, like, sanitizing the Amazon packages.What “baby bust”? New and soon-to-be parents on choosing to have kids in dark times | Chris Chafin | February 1, 2021 | Vox
They served as greeters at the front door, handling waivers, temperature checks and ensuring people wore masks, kept their distance and everything was sanitized.Meet the book club that’s helping to quickly vaccinate its town | Nora Krug | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Each passenger must sanitize their hands upon entering the vehicle, and she uses disinfectant wipes to clean the back seat and door handles between each ride.This preschool director drives an Uber so she can buy gifts for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have Christmas presents | Sydney Page | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Airlines should do their part to ensure that aircraft are sanitized and that the cabin is properly ventilated, even while parked.Here are 6 things to consider about holiday travel | Terry Nguyen | December 11, 2020 | Vox
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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