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[san-i-tahyz] /ˈsæn ɪˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), sanitized, sanitizing.
to free from dirt, germs, etc., as by cleaning or sterilizing.
to make less offensive by eliminating anything unwholesome, objectionable, incriminating, etc.:
to sanitize a document before releasing it to the press.
Also, especially British, sanitise.
Origin of sanitize
1830-40; sanit(ary) + -ize
Related forms
sanitization, noun
unsanitized, adjective Unabridged
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  • Part of the problem is that the drug trials were sanitized.
  • After that kills the bacteria, the equipment must be cleaned and sanitized properly.
  • Traditionally, gorillas have been separated in sanitized cells for public safety and viewing.
  • To help prevent outbreaks, investigators suggested that cages be sanitized with bleach and water after each shipment.
  • Both folk music and traditions were sanitized almost to irrelevance.
  • When returned, toys are cleaned, sanitized and tested for usability before being sent out again.
  • They don't parrot the party line, they snicker at some official's sanitized version, they'll listen to their hosts' ideas.
  • All contaminated area and equipment are to be washed, rinsed, and sanitized.
  • The city's sanitized vision turns to vapor and still less scrupulous dwellers take over again.
  • But a sanitized version of the wedge remains and so do its tormenters, the wedge busters.
British Dictionary definitions for sanitized


verb (transitive)
to make sanitary or hygienic, as by sterilizing
to omit unpleasant details from (a news report, document, etc) to make it more palatable to the recipients
Derived Forms
sanitization, sanitisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for sanitized



1836, from stem of sanitary + -ize. Metaphoric sense is from 1934. Related: Sanitized; sanitizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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