from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mask or neutralize the odor of.
  • transitive v. To make more acceptable, as by elimination or suppression of an offensive aspect: "Tighter regulation and the entrance of big developers . . . have helped deodorize the industry, but it is still plagued by undercapitalized and even fraudulent developers” ( Forbes).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To mask or eliminate the odor of, or an odor in, (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deprive of odor, especially of such as results from impurities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of odor or smell, especially of the fetid odor resulting from impurities: as, charcoal or quicklime deodorizes night-soil. Also spelled deodorise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. eliminate the odor from


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