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

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
anonymization noun
also British anonymisation
anonymizer noun
also British anonymiser

Examples of anonymize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Results from individual farms would be anonymized and sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer snapshots about disease spread and how the virus is mutating, Jha said. Tina Reed, Axios, 10 July 2024 Bank of America researchers looked at aggregated and anonymized internal deposit account data across millions of customers to track job-to-job (J2J) moves. Bysheryl Estrada, Fortune, 5 July 2024 But in contrast to the past, Colombian victims, many of their identities anonymized in Doe v. Chiquita Brands International, have achieved a small fraction of justice for themselves and their deceased loved ones. Jack Werner / Made By History, TIME, 18 June 2024 According to DuckDuckGo, chats on the service are anonymized, with metadata and IP address removed to prevent tracing back to individuals. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for anonymize 

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Word History


anonym(ous) + -ize

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anonymize was in 1858

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“Anonymize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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