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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The brilliance lies in its formula, which uses tapioca starch (natural and sans talc) to help absorb oil, and persimmon powder to deodorize hair as if it’s been washed. Julie Tong, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2021 While deodorants are meant to mask odor and deodorize—as the name implies—antiperspirants are designed to prevent the sweating process from occurring in the first place. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 22 Dec. 2021 It's designed to clean and deodorize pet messes as well as remove everyday dirt and stained grout on various flooring. Sanah Faroke,, 22 Nov. 2021 To deodorize and neutralize the stinky odor, sprinkle 3 or 4 tablespoons of baking soda in each shoe. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 This features powerful citric extracts and these naturally clean and deodorize appliances. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 June 2021 Babcock said that the portable toilet industry, which includes porta potties, fancy restroom trailers, waste pumping trucks and chemicals to clean and deodorize the units, was growing steadily before Covid-19 hit. David Williams, CNN, 29 May 2021 This will deodorize the area quickly and efficiently. Chris Hachey, BGR, 12 May 2021 Up until now, the common way to deodorize a fridge has been a box of baking soda but, according to America's Test Kitchen, there's a new sheriff in town. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of deodorize

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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