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Verb: sensitize  'sen-su,tIz
  1. Make sensitive or aware
    "He was not sensitized to her emotional needs";
    - sensitise [Brit], sensify, sensibilize, sensibilise [Brit]
     
  2. Cause to sense; make sensitive
    "She sensitized me with respect to gender differences in this traditional male-dominated society"; "My tongue became sensitized to good wine";
    - sensitise [Brit]
     
  3. Make sensitive to a drug or allergen
    "Long-term exposure to this medicine may sensitize you to the allergen";
    - sensitise [Brit]
     
  4. (photography) make (a material) sensitive to light, often of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion
    "sensitize the photographic film";
    - sensitise [Brit]

Derived forms: sensitizes, sensitizing, sensitized

Type of: alter, change, modify

Antonym: desensitize

Encyclopedia: Sensitize