transitive verb (-tized; -tizing) Etymology: Latin sanitas Date: 1836 1. to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing) 2. to make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or undesired features <
attempts to sanitize historical accounts
sanitization noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sanitize — index decontaminate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sanitize — 1836; see SANITARY (Cf. sanitary) + IZE (Cf. ize). Metaphoric sense is from 1934. Related: Sanitized; sanitizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • sanitize — (Amer.) san·i·tize || sænɪtaɪz v. clean, disinfect, sterilize, make hygienic; make more acceptable or less offensive or less harmful by removing unpleasant or incriminating features (also sanitise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sanitize — disinfect, *sterilize, fumigate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sanitize — [v] sterilize antisepticize, clean, decontaminate, disinfect, freshen, fumigate, make sanitary, purify; concepts 231,250 …   New thesaurus

  • sanitize — (also sanitise) ► VERB 1) make hygienic. 2) derogatory make more acceptable. DERIVATIVES sanitizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • sanitize — [san′ə tīz΄] vt. sanitized, sanitizing 1. to make sanitary, as by sterilizing 2. to free from anything considered undesirable, damaging, etc. sanitizer n …   English World dictionary

  • sanitize — UK [ˈsænɪtaɪz] / US [ˈsænɪˌtaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms sanitize : present tense I/you/we/they sanitize he/she/it sanitizes present participle sanitizing past tense sanitized past participle sanitized 1) to make something clean and healthy …   English dictionary

  • sanitize — sanitization, n. /san i tuyz /, v.t., sanitized, sanitizing. 1. to free from dirt, germs, etc., as by cleaning or sterilizing. 2. to make less offensive by eliminating anything unwholesome, objectionable, incriminating, etc.: to sanitize a… …   Universalium

  • sanitize — san·i·tize also Brit san·i·tise san ə .tīz vt, tized also Brit tised; tiz·ing also Brit tis·ing to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing) <sanitize all surfaces with a solution of bleach and water> san·i·ti·za·tion also Brit… …   Medical dictionary

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