Definition of sanitize in US English:


(British sanitise)


[with object]
  • 1Make clean and hygienic; disinfect.

    ‘new chemicals for sanitizing a pool’
    • ‘This tendency to explore and walk on cage floors means it is extremely important that the floor bars be kept cleaned and sanitized.’
    • ‘Tanning beds need to be sanitized with a special disinfectant after each use - and most aren't.’
    • ‘He believes that the most likely explanation is the increasingly sanitized living conditions in developed countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Equipment used to prepare compost tea must be sanitized before use with an approved sanitizing agent.’
    • ‘When the filler bowl is properly cleaned and sanitized, a sterile product contact is achieved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It was disconcerting when people started wandering around with masks on and everything was being cleaned and sanitised.’’
    • ‘This system ensures that the filling valve and both the exterior and interior surfaces of the valve assembly are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dispose of animal feces and sanitize anything they have touched.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To help prevent outbreaks, investigators suggested that cages be sanitized with bleach and water after each shipment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wiping cloths must be sanitized in sanitizing solution (1 tsp bleach / 2 litres of water) when not in use.’
    • ‘Darla followed me everywhere with an open bottle of rubbing alcohol and sanitized everything I went near.’
    • ‘The yard was like a landfill, and it looked as though the doorknob hadn't been sanitized in years.’
    • ‘Tools should be clean and sanitized as well as sharp.’
    sterilize, disinfect, clean, cleanse, cauterize, purify, fumigate, pasteurize, decontaminate
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    1. 1.1derogatory Alter (something regarded as less acceptable) so as to make it more palatable.
      ‘the narrative glorifies and sanitizes the reality of war’
      ‘lawyers sanitized documents that could have exposed the company to lawsuits’
      • ‘It's edited, composed on the page, cleaned up and sanitized.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A large number of these declassified documents are sanitized, with source of information and names of informants removed for protection purposes.’
      • ‘I agree that violence and explicit scenes should be sanitized but not at the expense of atmosphere or the story.’
      make presentable, make acceptable, make palatable, clean up
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