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sanitize

verb [T] uk (UK usually sanitise)   /ˈsæn.ɪ.taɪz/ us  

sanitize verb [T] (CLEAN)

mainly US to make something completely clean and free from bacteriaCleaning generallyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general words

sanitize verb [T] (CHANGE)

disapproving to change something in order to make it less strongly expressed, less harmful, or less offensive: The military wants to allow only a sanitized report/version of the incident to become public.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
sanitization
noun [U] uk mainly US (UK usually sanitisation)   /ˌsæn.ɪ.taɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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