deodorize

verb

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

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
deodorization 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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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deodorize was in 1856

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Cite this Entry

“Deodorize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deodorize. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

deodorize

verb
de·​odor·​ize dē-ˈōd-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce deodorize (audio)
deodorized; deodorizing
: to eliminate or prevent the unpleasant odor of
deodorizer noun

Medical Definition

deodorize

transitive verb
de·​odor·​ize
variants or British deodorise
deodorized or British deodorised; deodorizing or British deodorising
: to eliminate or prevent the offensive odor of
deodorization noun
or British deodorisation
deodorizer noun
or British deodoriser

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