sensitizes, sensitizing, sensitized
(in BRIT, also use sensitise)
1) VERB If you sensitize people to a particular problem or situation, you make them aware of it. [FORMAL]

[V n to n] It seems important to sensitize people to the fact that depression is more than the blues...

[V-ed] How many judges in our male-dominated courts are sensitized to women's issues? [Also V n]

2) VERB: usu passive If a substance is sensitized to something such as light or touch, it is made sensitive to it.

[be V-ed] Skin is easily irritated, chapped, chafed, and sensitized.

[V-ed] ...sensitised nerve endings.

English dictionary. 2008.

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