Definition of sanitize in English:


(also sanitise)


  • 1Make clean and hygienic.

    ‘new chemicals for sanitizing a pool’
    • ‘Darla followed me everywhere with an open bottle of rubbing alcohol and sanitized everything I went near.’
    • ‘This tendency to explore and walk on cage floors means it is extremely important that the floor bars be kept cleaned and sanitized.’
    • ‘The yard was like a landfill, and it looked as though the doorknob hadn't been sanitized in years.’
    • ‘Many efficient models conserve the energy used to heat water with a special booster inside the machine, which heats just a small volume of water to sanitize your dishes.’
    • ‘All nestboxes also need an easy way to be cleaned and sanitized after each feathered family has taken flight, most especially before another family takes up residency.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It was disconcerting when people started wandering around with masks on and everything was being cleaned and sanitised.’’
    • ‘Tanning beds need to be sanitized with a special disinfectant after each use - and most aren't.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This system ensures that the filling valve and both the exterior and interior surfaces of the valve assembly are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.’
    • ‘Cloth diapers, whether from a service or your own, should also be sanitized in the same way, as should toys and any items babies gum or chew on.’
    • ‘The door or lid of the washing machine should be cleaned and sanitized to reduce the possibility of recontamination of attire upon removal from the washer.’
    • ‘Stainless steel tanks can be easily cleaned and sanitized; hard floors are designed to drain dry; and all equipment is sited and mounted so that it can be cleaned thoroughly around, above, and below the unit.’
    • ‘Equipment used to prepare compost tea must be sanitized before use with an approved sanitizing agent.’
    • ‘Dispose of animal feces and sanitize anything they have touched.’
    • ‘When the filler bowl is properly cleaned and sanitized, a sterile product contact is achieved.’
    • ‘To help prevent outbreaks, investigators suggested that cages be sanitized with bleach and water after each shipment.’
    • ‘Wiping cloths must be sanitized in sanitizing solution (1 tsp bleach / 2 litres of water) when not in use.’
    • ‘He believes that the most likely explanation is the increasingly sanitized living conditions in developed countries.’
    • ‘Tools should be clean and sanitized as well as sharp.’
    • ‘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.’
    sterilize, disinfect, clean, cleanse, cauterize, purify, fumigate, pasteurize, decontaminate
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    1. 1.1derogatory Make (something) more palatable by removing elements that are likely to be unacceptable or controversial.
      ‘a sanitized version of his career’
      • ‘A large number of these declassified documents are sanitized, with source of information and names of informants removed for protection purposes.’
      • ‘It's edited, composed on the page, cleaned up and sanitized.’
      • ‘I agree that violence and explicit scenes should be sanitized but not at the expense of atmosphere or the story.’
      • ‘To surrender to political correctness is simply to sanitize controversy so that no one's sensibilities are offended.’
      • ‘Barney is full of safe, sanitised, clean, moral messages wrapped up in environmentally friendly songs and stories.’
      make presentable, make acceptable, make palatable, clean up
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