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sterilizeverb [T]

(UK usually sterilise) uk   /ˈster.ɪ.laɪz/  us   /ˈster.ə.laɪz/
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sterilizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈster·əˌlɑɪz/
  • 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.
(Definition of sterilize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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