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English definition of “sterilize”

sterilize

verb [T]  /ˈster·əˌlɑɪz/ us  

sterilize verb [T] (CLEAN)

to make something completely clean and free from bacteria: Dental instruments are routinely sterilized.

sterilize verb [T] (MAKE UNABLE TO PRODUCE YOUNG)

to perform a medical operation on a person or animal in order to make them unable to produce young: The clinic will sterilize your cat for free.
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