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sanitize

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transitive verb san·i·tize \ˈsa-nə-ˌtīz\

Simple Definition of sanitize

  • : to make (something) free from dirt, infection, disease, etc., by cleaning it : to make (something) sanitary

  • : to make (something) more pleasant and acceptable by taking things that are unpleasant or offensive out of it

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sanitize

sanitizedsanitizing

  1. 1 :  to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing)

  2. 2 :  to make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or undesired features <attempts to sanitize historical accounts>

sanitization play \ˌsa-nə-tə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of sanitize in a sentence

  1. The housekeeping staff sanitized the bathroom.

  2. They're trying to sanitize the news.



Origin of sanitize

Latin sanitas


First Known Use: 1836

Rhymes with sanitize

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Medical Dictionary

sanitize

transitive verb san·i·tize

Medical Definition of sanitize

sanitized also British sanitised; sanitizing also British sanitising

  1. :  to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing) <sanitize all surfaces with a solution of bleach and water>

sanitization also British sanitisation \ˌsan-ət-ə-ˈzā-shən\play noun


Variants of sanitize

also British sanitise \ˈsan-ə-ˌtīz\play

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