Definition of "sterilize" [ster•il•ize]

  • (verb-transitive) To make free from live bacteria or other microorganisms.
  • (verb-transitive) To deprive (a person or an animal) of the ability to produce offspring, as by removing the reproductive organs.
  • (verb-transitive) To make incapable of bearing fruit or germinating.
  • (verb-transitive) To render (land) unfruitful.
  • (verb-transitive) Economics To place (gold) in safekeeping so as not to affect the supply of money or credit.

Use "sterilize" in a sentence

  • "LUI: General Grange, the word sterilize has been used in the process as they go through the southern parts of Lebanon."
  • "Steel is easy to clean and sterilize, which is invaluable when sharing a toy."
  • "However, IMF conditionalities often require recipient governments to 'sterilize' the injection of additional resources so they do not increase the level of demand in the national economy."

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