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 deodorization (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 These strips use enzymes to break down any clogs and deodorize your drain. Popular Science, "Handy tools that keep your drains from clogging," 11 Feb. 2020 After deodorizing and disinfecting, vacuum the mattress once more. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "Here's How to Clean a Mattress (Because Yes, You Need To)," 3 Feb. 2020 If an unpleasant smell from sock-free wear is your biggest problem, this two-step process will deodorize them, too. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean UGGs at Home, No Matter How Minor or Serious the Stain," 14 Jan. 2020 For more cleaning and deodorizing hints using vinegar, order my six-page pamphlet by sending $5, along with a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope, to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Photo finish for luggage," 29 Nov. 2019 Newport hopes to increase the cost of being smelly, providing an incentive to deodorize the plant. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Phew! Stinky Newport lashes out against Sanimax," 23 Oct. 2019 Cutting Edge | Magazine Force of Nature cuts grease, cleans glass, and even deodorizes on par with household brands, but without the chemicals. Janelle Nanos,, "A Burlington startup lets you make your own nontoxic cleaners at home," 20 June 2019 Clearing the air about the many benefits of deodorizing toilet seats. Ed Del Grande, The Seattle Times, "This simple update can make your bathroom the freshest-smelling room in the house," 15 Oct. 2018 Lavender bath bombs; lavender candles; deodorizing lavender sachets for your shoes, car or underwear drawer; lavender diffusers; lavender essential oils; even lavender chill pills for humans and dogs. Joanna Klein, The Seattle Times, "Lavender’s soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of deodorize

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deodorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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 deodorise (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 deodorisation (audio) \ noun
deodorizer or British deodoriser noun

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