san·​i·​tize | \ ˈsa-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce sanitize (audio) \
sanitized; sanitizing

Definition of sanitize

transitive verb

1 : to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing)
2 : to make more acceptable by removing unpleasant or undesired features attempts to sanitize historical accounts

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Other Words from sanitize

sanitization \ ˌsa-​nə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce sanitization (audio) \ noun

Examples of sanitize in a Sentence

The housekeeping staff sanitized the bathroom. They're trying to sanitize the news.
Recent Examples on the Web How to sanitize your phone and other tech, according to doctors Catch up on the latest from NBC News Shopping guides and recommendations and download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Megan Muessen, NBC News, "Why I'll only shave with a Billie Razor," 30 July 2020 The initiative provides hosts with a list of cleaning products and methods approved by the CDC, plus step-by-step instructions on how to sanitize listings between stays. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Here’s how safe it is to book a vacation rental right now," 9 July 2020 In between groups, Gent will sanitize and clean surfaces and prepare for the next group to arrive. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Cleveland’s art galleries adapt to new business during coronavirus pandemic," 15 June 2020 Staff will sanitize interactive experiences after each use, and the facility with be cleaned each evening. Dallas News, "National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco reopens after almost 3 months," 10 June 2020 When a case of coronavirus is confirmed, public health workers sanitize the surrounding area. Rachel Jones, National Geographic, "In this sprawling city within a city, fighting coronavirus requires solidarity," 9 June 2020 And here are instructions on how to effectively sanitize your cloth masks. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "Coronavirus has claimed more than 100,000 US lives. And the first wave isn’t even over yet.," 28 May 2020 If possible, teachers should be the only ones to touch doors and will sanitize door handles after each use. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana schools release district-specific COVID-19 plans for fall," 11 July 2020 With the support of the Jefferson County Commission, the JCEC has taken extraordinary measures to sanitize voting precincts and to provide PPE to our poll workers. Mike Cason |, al, "Marshall, Merrill tell cities, counties they can’t require voters to wear masks," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of sanitize

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanitize

Latin sanitas

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6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sanitize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sanitize

: to make (something) free from dirt, infection, disease, etc., by cleaning it : to make (something) sanitary
often disapproving : to make (something) more pleasant and acceptable by taking things that are unpleasant or offensive out of it
variants: also British sanitise \ ˈsan-​ə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce sanitise (audio) \
sanitized also British sanitised; sanitizing also British sanitising

Medical Definition of sanitize

: to make sanitary (as by cleaning or sterilizing) sanitize all surfaces with a solution of bleach and water

Other Words from sanitize

sanitization also British sanitisation \ ˌsan-​ət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce sanitisation (audio) \ noun

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