Definition of sanitize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsanəˌtīz/


[with object]
1Make clean and hygienic: new chemicals for sanitizing a pool
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  • In addition to that, we do want to make sure that the ship is as sanitized and as clean as possible for the next sailing.
  • When the filler bowl is properly cleaned and sanitized, a sterile product contact is achieved.
  • They should then be sanitized by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of water.
1.1 (usually be sanitized) derogatory Alter (something regarded as less acceptable) so as to make it more palatable: lawyers sanitized documents that could have exposed the company to lawsuits
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  • A large number of these declassified documents are sanitized, with source of information and names of informants removed for protection purposes.
  • To surrender to political correctness is simply to sanitize controversy so that no one's sensibilities are offended.
  • It's edited, composed on the page, cleaned up and sanitized.
make presentable, make acceptable, make palatable, clean up;



Pronunciation: /ˌsanətəˈzāSHən/
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  • However, this presentation of pan-African unity and post-Independence euphoria required a sanitization of Dakarois life and a careful culling of cultural elements deemed suitable for foreign consumption.
  • What I find hard to reconcile in the case of the Classico label and Disney, in general, is the sanitization of whatever period of history they are representing.
  • Traffic was stopped on the road and after the complete sanitization of the area rescuers were allowed to lift the victims.


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  • Instead of trying to eliminate the bacteria by using hand sanitizer or acetaminophen, we should strengthen the body so that it can naturally kill the bacteria.
  • The EPA classifies germicides as sporicides, general disinfectants, hospital disinfectants, detergents, sanitizers, and others.
  • To disinfect bathroom or kitchen surfaces, try Earth Power's EPA-registered herbal disinfectant or Seventh Generation sanitizers.

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Syllabification: san·i·tize

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