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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

Full Definition of sanitize

san·i·tizedsan·i·tiz·ing

  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>

san·i·ti·za·tion play \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

Rhymes with sanitize

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Medical Dictionary

sanitize

transitive verb san·i·tize

Medical Definition of sanitize

san·i·tized also British san·i·tisedsan·i·tiz·ing also British san·i·tis·ing

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

  2. san·i·ti·za·tion also British san·i·ti·sa·tion \ˌsan-ət-ə-ˈzā-shən\play noun



Variants of sanitize

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

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