from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make sensitive: "The polarity principle . . . sensitizes the observer to the coexistence of seemingly contradictory phenomena” ( Heinz Eulau).
- transitive v. To make (a film or plate) sensitive to light, especially to light of a specific wavelength.
- transitive v. To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by a second or repeated exposure.
- intransitive v. To become sensitive or hypersensitive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To become increasingly aware of, in a concerned or sensitive way.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To render sensitive, or susceptible of being easily acted on by the actinic rays of the sun.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render sensitive; specifically, in photography, to render capable of being acted on by actinic rays of light: as, sensitized paper, or a sensitized plate. See sensitized paper, under paper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make sensitive to a drug or allergen
- v. cause to sense; make sensitive
- v. make (a material) sensitive to light, often of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion
- v. make sensitive or aware
sensit(ive) + -ize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From sensitive + -ize. (Wiktionary)