Definition of anonymize in English:


Syllabification: a·non·y·mize
Pronunciation: /əˈnänəˌmīz


[with object]
  • 1Make anonymous: manuscripts will be anonymized by the editorial assistant
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    • Nevertheless, any form of discrimination, whether positive or negative, is highly undesirable and offers another reason why anonymising applications is detrimental to the fairness of the selection process.
    • Merely anonymising her information would be ethically problematic, as could drafting a fictional case ‘inspired’ by the clinical encounter.
    • The manuscripts under discussion are confidential, however, so we have anonymised them to protect authors' privacy.
  • 1.1 (usually as adjective anonymized) Medicine Remove identifying particulars from (test results) for statistical or other purposes: anonymized testing of routine blood samples
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    • We did an observational study of changes in prescribing costs between two financial years using anonymised data from all general practices in Trent.
    • We used anonymised statistical abstracts of hospital records that were linked to data from death certificates in the former Oxford health region from 1963 to 1998.
    • We used anonymised data from the UK General Practice Research Database.



Pronunciation: /ənänəˌmīˈzāSHən/
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  • Privacy ultimately is about an individual's ability to control personally identifying information, and anonymization alone can never facilitate this.
  • The power can only be used where gaining consent or anonymization are not reasonably practicable options.
  • The way serious people protect their web-searching privacy is through anonymization.


1970s: from anonymous + -ize.

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