to make sensitive or susceptible; specif.,
- Photog. to make (a film or plate) sensitive to light, etc.
- Immunology to make (an individual) sensitive or hypersensitive to an antigen
Origin of sensitizesensit(ive) + -ize
verbsen·si·tized, sen·si·tiz·ing, sen·si·tiz·es
- To make sensitive: “Solitude had sensitized him to the roughness of other people” (Jeffrey Eugenides).
- To make (a film or plate) sensitive to light, especially to light of a specific wavelength.
- To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by a second or repeated exposure.
To become sensitive or hypersensitive.
Origin of sensitizesensit(ive) + –ize.
(third-person singular simple present sensitizes, present participle sensitizing, simple past and past participle sensitized)
- To make increasingly aware of, in a concerned or sensitive way.
- Ever since the burglary, we've been more sensitized to home security issues.
From sensitive +"Ž -ize.