de·​odor·​ize | \dē-ˈō-də-ˌrīz \

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 \-​ˌō-​də-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən \ 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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Go for green or black teas, which contain compounds that suppress bacteria in the mouth, deodorizing every exhalation. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "Eat to Beat Your Health Problems," 23 Nov. 2011 This dynamic duo also cleans and deodorizes drains, too. Doreen Christensen,, "Spring cleaning: Recipes for green cleaning products that cost pennies to make," 19 Mar. 2018 Um, what? Boric acid is a white powder available at hardware stores that can do everything from get stains out of your clothes to deodorize your fridge to kill pesky roaches crawling around your kitchen. Jazmine Polk,, "Women Are Using Roach Poison to Treat Chronic Bacterial Vaginosis. Here's What Ob-Gyns Say," 6 Feb. 2018 To alleviate the smells, deodorize upholstery and carpets. By Cindy Hamann, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor view: Open house provides chance to attract buyers, get feedback," 28 Dec. 2017 Others feature quick-drying technology and self-deodorizing properties, while the debate of crew necks versus V-necks lives on. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 2 Aug. 2017 Wide Receivers PLAYER ADP FITZ RANKING ADVICE Alshon Jeffery WR17 WR17 Draft around Jordan Matthews WR51 WR44 Buy The aforementioned Alshon Jeffery comes to Philadelphia with the hope of deodorizing his fetid final season in Chicago. Pat Fitzmaurice,, "Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Football 2017 Preview: Is Carson Wentz a Sleeper?," 2 Aug. 2017 This kit is perfect for any peaceful warrior looking for a collection of all-natural skincare products to cleanse, tone, moisturize and deodorize. Carly Vidal-wallace, Orange County Register, "Forgot Father’s Day? Last-minute luxe to pamper him," 16 June 2017 Plus, there are more vagina products than ever intended to clean, moisturize, deodorize, and generally optimize your nether regions. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "All the Vagina Products You Can—and Absolutely Shouldn't—Use," 6 July 2017

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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 \
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 \
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 \ noun
deodorizer or British deodoriser noun

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to make faulty or ineffective

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