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English definition of “sanitize”

sanitize

verb [T] (CHANGE) disapproving (UK usually sanitise)     /ˈsæn.ɪ.taɪz/
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 mainly US (UK usually sanitisation)     /ˌsæn.ɪ.taɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U]
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