de·​odor·​ize | \ dē-ˈō-də-ˌrīz How to pronounce deodorize (audio) \
deodorized; deodorizing; deodorizes

Definition of deodorize

transitive verb

1 : to eliminate or prevent the offensive odor of
2 : to make (something unpleasant or reprehensible) more acceptable the movie deodorizes his scandalous career

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Other Words from deodorize

deodorization \ dē-​ˌō-​də-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce deodorize (audio) \ noun
deodorizer noun

Examples of deodorize in a Sentence

We had the carpet cleaned and deodorized. the propaganda film attempts to deodorize the dictator's history of human rights abuses
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First Known Use of deodorize

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Dec 2020

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“Deodorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce deodorize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of deodorize

: to remove an unpleasant smell from (something)


de·​odor·​ize | \ dē-ˈō-də-ˌrīz How to pronounce deodorize (audio) \
deodorized; deodorizing

Kids Definition of deodorize

: to remove odor and especially a bad smell from


transitive verb
variants: or British deodorise \ dē-​ˈōd-​ə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce deodorize (audio) \
deodorized or British deodorised; deodorizing or British deodorising

Medical Definition of deodorize

: to eliminate or prevent the offensive odor of

Other Words from deodorize

deodorization or British deodorisation \ -​ˌōd-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce deodorize (audio) \ noun
deodorizer or British deodoriser noun

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