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

     

    sanitize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsænɪtaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænɪtaɪz//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sanitize
    BrE BrE//ˈsænɪtaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænɪtaɪz//
     
    he / she / it sanitizes
    BrE BrE//ˈsænɪtaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænɪtaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple sanitized
    BrE BrE//ˈsænɪtaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænɪtaɪzd//
     
    past participle sanitized
    BrE BrE//ˈsænɪtaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænɪtaɪzd//
     
    -ing form sanitizing
    BrE BrE//ˈsænɪtaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsænɪtaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1sanitize something (disapproving) to remove the parts of something that could be considered unpleasant This sanitized account of his life does not mention his time in prison.
  2. 2sanitize something to clean something thoroughly using chemicals to remove bacteria synonym disinfect
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sanitize