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SENSITISE

 Dictionary entry overview: What does sensitise mean? 

SENSITISE (verb)
  The verb SENSITISE has 4 senses:

1. cause to sense; make sensitive
2. make sensitive to a drug or allergen
3. make (a material) sensitive to light, often of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion
4. make sensitive or aware

  Familiarity information: SENSITISE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SENSITISE (verb)


Sense 1sensitise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to sense; make sensitive

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

sensitise; sensitize

Context examples:

She sensitized me with respect to gender differences in this traditional male-dominated society / My tongue became sensitized to good wine

Cause:

feel; sense (perceive by a physical sensation, e.g., coming from the skin or muscles)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sensitise"):

photosensitise; photosensitize (make (an organism or substance) sensitive to the influence of radiant energy and especially light)

excite; stimulate; stir (stir feelings in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Antonym:

desensitise (cause not to be sensitive)


Sense 2sensitise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make sensitive to a drug or allergen

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

sensitise; sensitize

Context example:

Long-term exposure to this medicine may sensitize you to the allergen

Hypernyms (to "sensitise" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3sensitise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make (a material) sensitive to light, often of a particular colour, by coating it with a photographic emulsion

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

sensitise; sensitize

Context example:

sensitize the photographic film

Hypernyms (to "sensitise" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Domain category:

photography; picture taking (the act of taking and printing photographs)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4sensitise [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make sensitive or aware

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

sensibilise; sensibilize; sensify; sensitize; sensitise

Context example:

He was not sensitized to her emotional needs

Hypernyms (to "sensitise" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP


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