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sanitize

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

: 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

san·i·tizedsan·i·tiz·ing

Full Definition of SANITIZE

1
:  to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing)
2
:  to make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or undesired features <attempts to sanitize historical accounts>
san·i·ti·za·tion \ˌsa-nə-tə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of SANITIZE

  1. The housekeeping staff sanitized the bathroom.
  2. They're trying to sanitize the news.

Origin of SANITIZE

Latin sanitas
First Known Use: 1836

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sanitize

transitive verb san·i·tize   (Medical Dictionary)
san·i·tized also British san·i·tisedsan·i·tiz·ing also British san·i·tis·ing

Medical Definition of SANITIZE

:  to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing) <sanitize all surfaces with a solution of bleach and water>
san·i·ti·za·tion also British san·i·ti·sa·tion \ˌsan-ət-ə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Variants of SANITIZE

san·i·tize also British san·i·tise \ˈsan-ə-ˌtīz\

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