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

     

    sterilize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsterəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsterəlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sterilize
    BrE BrE//ˈsterəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsterəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it sterilizes
    BrE BrE//ˈsterəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsterəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple sterilized
    BrE BrE//ˈsterəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsterəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle sterilized
    BrE BrE//ˈsterəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsterəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form sterilizing
    BrE BrE//ˈsterəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsterəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[often passive] sterilize something to kill the bacteria in or on something to sterilize surgical instruments sterilized milk/water
  2. 2[usually passive] sterilize somebody/something to make a person or an animal unable to have babies, especially by removing or blocking their sex organs
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sterilize