Definition of deodorize in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈəʊdərʌɪz/
(also deodorise)


[with object]
Remove or conceal an unpleasant smell in: people used dried flowers to deodorize their homes
More example sentences
  • Thoroughly disinfect and deodorize the soiled area.
  • There is also a need for higher temperatures to dry and deodorize the garments, which makes shrinkage and re-deposition of soil into the clothes more likely.
  • This will remove dead skin and bacteria from your tools and deodorize them.
freshen, sweeten, purify, disinfect, sanitize, sterilize;
fumigate, aerate, air, ventilate
rare depollute



Pronunciation: /dɪˌəʊdərʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The last stage of this refining process is generally that of deodorisation and is the most expensive.
  • It is an excellent deodorization method for minor odors such as light smoke or a light pet odor.
  • The deodorisation gas usually consists of steam but nitrogen gas or carbon dioxide may also be used.


Pronunciation: /dɪˈəʊdərʌɪzə/
Example sentences
  • Scents are now worked into many products besides perfumes; they are in air fresheners, deodorisers, cosmetic products, tissues, washing powders, detergents and cat litter.
  • The kits included mops, rubber gloves, masks, scrub brushes and deodorizers.
  • The stink emanating from the storm sewers has plagued the area around the Fremont Street pedestrian mall for a decade, and every time the city has thrown time, effort and deodorizer at the problem, the ‘sewer-type’ aroma has just returned.


Mid 19th century: from de- (expressing removal) + Latin odor 'smell' + -ize.

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