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[ sen-si-tahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing.
  1. to render sensitive.
  2. Photography. to render (a film or the like) sensitive to light or other forms of radiant energy.
  3. Immunology. to render sensitive to an antigenic substance.

verb (used without object)

, sen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing.
  1. to become sensitized.


/ ˈsɛnsɪˌtaɪz /


  1. to make or become sensitive
  2. tr to render (an individual) sensitive to a drug, allergen, etc
  3. tr photog to make (a material) sensitive to light or to other actinic radiation, esp to light of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion often containing special chemicals, such as dyes
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Derived Forms

  • ˈsensiˌtizer, noun
  • ˌsensitiˈzation, noun
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Other Words From

  • sensi·tizer noun
  • anti·sensi·tizer noun
  • anti·sensi·tizing adjective
  • non·sensi·tized adjective
  • non·sensi·tizing adjective
  • over·sensi·tize verb oversensitized oversensitizing
  • re·sensi·tize verb (used with object) resensitized resensitizing
  • un·sensi·tize verb (used with object) unsensitized unsensitizing
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sensitize1

First recorded in 1855–60; sensit(ive) + -ize
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Example Sentences

Thus sensitized, their receptiveness hopefully heightened, they are encouraged to take in some terrific sculpture.

“It’s totally sensitized us to how privileged we are, how lucky we are to have a house, the fact that we live in a safe neighborhood,” said Roslyn Zinner.

The snails then behaved, once again, as if they remembered the sensitizing training they seemed to have previously forgotten.

It takes stages such as education, awareness, and sensitizing to change the attitude and the mentality of the people.

Slowly but steadily, through education, awareness, and sensitizing, India will reach the final destination.

Use unglazed writing-paper, and sensitize a strip at the top a little larger than the picture to be printed on it.

To sensitize the plates I employ a bath of bichromate of potash of six per cent, and again dry them.

To sensitize, immerse the silk in a 20 grain solution of silver nitrate for about sixteen minutes.


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