Definition of sensitize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    sensitize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈsɛnsəˌtaɪz//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sensitize
     
    he / she / it sensitizes
     
    past simple sensitized
     
    -ing form sensitizing
     
     
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  1. 1sensitize somebody/something (to something) to make someone or something more aware of something, especially a problem or something bad People are becoming more sensitized to the dangers threatening the environment.
  2. 2sensitize somebody/something (to something) (technology) to make someone or something sensitive to physical or chemical changes, or to a particular substance Anxious people can become acutely sensitized to their bodies, noticing and focussing on minor bodily changes.
sensitization
 
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NAmE//ˌsɛnsət̮əˈzəɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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