verb (used with object), san·i·tized, san·i·tiz·ing.
- to free from dirt, germs, etc., as by cleaning or sterilizing.
- to make less offensive by eliminating anything unwholesome, objectionable, incriminating, etc.: to sanitize a document before releasing it to the press.
- to make sanitary or hygienic, as by sterilizing
- to omit unpleasant details from (a news report, document, etc) to make it more palatable to the recipients
v.1836, from stem of sanitary + -ize. Metaphoric sense is from 1934. Related: Sanitized; sanitizing.