Definition of anonymize in US English:


(British anonymise)


[with object]
  • 1Make anonymous.

    ‘manuscripts will be anonymized by the editorial assistant’
    • ‘I have gone out of my way to anonymise not only the lady who made the complaint but also the relevant officers in the defendant's department who dealt with the matter.’
    • ‘Merely anonymising her information would be ethically problematic, as could drafting a fictional case ‘inspired’ by the clinical encounter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were also told that their ‘stories’ would be anonymised in order to protect their privacy.’
    • ‘I would be happy to anonymize any reports if you would prefer not to have your name mentioned.’
    • ‘The data that we used in all of our analysis was anonymized, with user names replaced by unique ID's and only year, graduate or undergraduate status, and department retained from the above information.’
    • ‘A few years ago, for various reasons I will not go into, we actually held an internal trawl for promotion, and to make it as fair as possible, we anonymised all the applications.’
    • ‘At this point the first questionnaire was anonymised and linked to the second questionnaire by a unique number.’
    • ‘On the other hand, generally speaking, it has to do with anonymizing a client's access to a server.’
    • ‘We did not anonymise the reports before assessment.’
    • ‘In future, it may be more useful to emphasise that the task is noncompetitive and pay even more attention to the fact that data are anonymised.’
    • ‘The guidance envisages circumstances where it is not practicable to obtain express consent or to arrange for a member of the health team to anonymize the records, for example to enable another person to anonymize the information.’
    • ‘The manuscripts under discussion are confidential, however, so we have anonymised them to protect authors' privacy.’
    • ‘Certainly all the time, when I am representing collective opinions to staff, I regularly get asked to do that by anonymising their comments; they are not comfortable with being identified with a comment that is critical.’
    • ‘In addition to the usual procedures for anonymizing data, there are some additional concerns to address.’
    • ‘Care must nevertheless be taken to anonymise the material and exceptionally exclude confidential information about third parties or information provided ‘in confidence and not for wider dissemination.’’
    • ‘I seem to recall that police have already noted the power that pre-paid cellphones give criminals by anonymising their conversations and making it far harder to work out what they're saying and to who.’
    • ‘If encryption were easy to use, then people would have the opportunity to anonymize their transactions.’
    • ‘Just before you begin, why are the parties anonymised in these matters?’
    • ‘As a result of an appeal from the person who wrote the first comment discussed below, I've anonymized the names of the commenters involved.’
    1. 1.1usually as adjective anonymizedMedicine Remove identifying particulars from (test results) for statistical or other purposes.
      ‘anonymized testing of routine blood samples’
      • ‘We used anonymised data from the UK General Practice Research Database.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, any experienced journal editor will recount situations where anonymised information has been recognisable to the patient or family involved and caused upset.’
      • ‘The availability of fully anonymised material to others in order to pursue the full scientific and therapeutic potential of the study will be tightly controlled.’
      • ‘We did an observational study of changes in prescribing costs between two financial years using anonymised data from all general practices in Trent.’


1970s: from anonymous + -ize.