Definition of sanitize
- attempts to sanitize historical accounts
The housekeeping staff sanitized the bathroom.
They're trying to sanitize the news.
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: to make (something) free from dirt, infection, disease, etc., by cleaning it : to make (something) sanitary
: to make (something) more pleasant and acceptable by taking things that are unpleasant or offensive out of it
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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