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

     

    sensitize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsensətaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensətaɪz//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sensitize
    BrE BrE//ˈsensətaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensətaɪz//
     
    he / she / it sensitizes
    BrE BrE//ˈsensətaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensətaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple sensitized
    BrE BrE//ˈsensətaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensətaɪzd//
     
    past participle sensitized
    BrE BrE//ˈsensətaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensətaɪzd//
     
    -ing form sensitizing
    BrE BrE//ˈsensətaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsensətaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1sensitize somebody/something (to something) to make somebody/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) (specialist) to make somebody/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.
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