To revise a report or other document in such a fashion as to prevent identification of sources, or of the actual persons and places with which it is concerned, or of the means by which it was acquired. Usually involves deletion or substitution of names and other key details.

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  • sanitize — 1836; see SANITARY (Cf. sanitary) + IZE (Cf. ize). Metaphoric sense is from 1934. Related: Sanitized; sanitizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • sanitize — (Amer.) san·i·tize || sænɪtaɪz v. clean, disinfect, sterilize, make hygienic; make more acceptable or less offensive or less harmful by removing unpleasant or incriminating features (also sanitise) …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • sanitize — [v] sterilize antisepticize, clean, decontaminate, disinfect, freshen, fumigate, make sanitary, purify; concepts 231,250 …   New thesaurus

  • sanitize — (also sanitise) ► VERB 1) make hygienic. 2) derogatory make more acceptable. DERIVATIVES sanitizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • sanitize — [san′ə tīz΄] vt. sanitized, sanitizing 1. to make sanitary, as by sterilizing 2. to free from anything considered undesirable, damaging, etc. sanitizer n …   English World dictionary

  • sanitize — UK [ˈsænɪtaɪz] / US [ˈsænɪˌtaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms sanitize : present tense I/you/we/they sanitize he/she/it sanitizes present participle sanitizing past tense sanitized past participle sanitized 1) to make something clean and healthy …   English dictionary

  • sanitize — transitive verb ( tized; tizing) Etymology: Latin sanitas Date: 1836 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 > •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sanitize — sanitization, n. /san i tuyz /, v.t., sanitized, sanitizing. 1. to free from dirt, germs, etc., as by cleaning or sterilizing. 2. to make less offensive by eliminating anything unwholesome, objectionable, incriminating, etc.: to sanitize a… …   Universalium

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