Definition of anonymize in English:

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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/
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • There are also interviews that deal with material that is in the public sphere, like oral history recordings, where anonymity is not expected and where it's normal to obtain informed consent for publication without anonymization.


1970s: from anonymous + -ize.

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Syllabification: a·non·y·mize

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