Definition of bowdlerize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bowdlerize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈbaʊdləraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊdləraɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bowdlerize
BrE BrE//ˈbaʊdləraɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊdləraɪz//
 
he / she / it bowdlerizes
BrE BrE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzɪz//
 
past simple bowdlerized
BrE BrE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzd//
 
past participle bowdlerized
BrE BrE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzd//
 
-ing form bowdlerizing
BrE BrE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊdləraɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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bowdlerize something (usually disapproving) to remove the parts of a book, play, etc. that you think are likely to shock or offend people synonym expurgate Named after Dr Thomas Bowdler, who in 1818 produced a version of Shakespeare from which he had taken out all the material which he considered not suitable for family use.
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