Definition of sensitize
: to make sensitive or hypersensitive
: to become sensitive
Recent Examples of sensitize from the Web
An ambrotype is a photograph created on a glass plate that has been coated and sensitized in a chemical bath.
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Origin and Etymology of sensitize
sensitive + -ize
First Known Use: 1856
SENSITIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sensitize for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) more aware of something
medical : to cause (someone) to become sensitive to a substance and to react to it in a bad way
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