anon·​y·​mize | \ ə-ˈnä-nə-ˌmīz How to pronounce anonymize (audio) \
variants: also British anonymise
anonymized; anonymizing

Definition of anonymize

transitive verb

: to remove identifying information from (something, such as computer data) so that the original source cannot be known : to make (something) anonymous There's an incredible amount of data in your travel profile. So they improved security and created a sophisticated way to anonymize data.— Dana Hawkins

Other Words from anonymize

anonymization also British anonymisation \ ə-​ˌnä-​nə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce anonymize (audio) \ noun
anonymizer also British anonymiser noun

Examples of anonymize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look out for loopholes the app may be using, such as claiming to de-identify or anonymize personal data. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 The committee has agreed to anonymize accounts from those who have expressed fear or discomfort with publicly coming forward, according to people involved with the investigation. Jacqueline Alemany, Josh Dawsey And Amy Gardner, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2022 Once the full network of hundreds of cameras is built, QuayChain will have an ongoing contract to manage and anonymize the data. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Given that history, the question of how much to anonymize a patient in these tales is well-trod territory for medical ethicists. Rose Eveleth, Wired, 18 Jan. 2022 Essentially, Unity says, PeopleSansPeople will help anonymize data collected about humans going about their lives, and the software’s operators can modulate those virtual people’s appearances to create more customizable datasets. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 18 Jan. 2022 The report will anonymize the information to get around restrictions on releasing discipline information for individual officers, Briggs said. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 One way is to anonymize data and share it across different industries to aid in the development of predictive models that help manage legal risk more effectively. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 While Big Tech outfits can afford to hire specialized privacy engineers to anonymize sensitive data, developers at smaller companies typically wait weeks or months for compliance approvals to access similar data. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of anonymize

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anonymize

anonym(ous) + -ize

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“Anonymize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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