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sensitize (someone or something) to (something)

1. To make someone or something more sensitive or reactive to something. Part of cognitive behavioral therapy is sensitizing yourself to the things in life that trigger your anxiety, then taking active steps to confront or cope with them. The aim of this program is to sensitize our employees to dangers in the workplace that they may be overlooking.
2. To increase or intensify the effect something has on someone or something; to make someone or something hypersensitive to something. Living with such emotionally abusive parents sensitized her to aggression and the threat of violence from a very young age. Living in such a quiet, rural town really sensitized me to the maddening ubiquitous lights and sounds that you find in a city like New York.
3. To make someone or something more aware, understanding, or receptive of something. The experience sensitized me to the social injustices faced by many minority demographics. The aim of this program is to sensitize our employees to dangers in the workplace that they may be overlooking. He continually tried to sensitize the jury to the flawed evidence that had been collected by the state in order to undermine their case.
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sensitize someone to something

1. to make a person have an allergic reaction to something. Frequent exposure to the chemical sensitized Harry to it and made him get a rash. He became sensitized to pet dander.
2. to make someone more thoughtful and receptive to something. We want to sensitize you to the feelings of other people. He never became sensitized to the needs of others.
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The purpose of this training is to sensitize the partner schools and PEF staff members about hazard free living lifestyle, concluded the spokesman.
For its project, Taxage: prevention et resolution, which involves developing prevention workshops and an Internet site in order to sensitize adolescents to the violence created by the issue of bullying.
The conference will help sensitize relevant quarters towards the importance of research and development, commercialization and widespread use of renewable energy technologies (RETs), Conference Coordinator, M Nadeem Zakir told reporter here Monday.
An experimental cancer vaccine given to 58 patients for whom all other treatments had failed induced an immune response in all of them, suggesting the vaccine can sensitize the body to the presence of tumor cells.
She also reiterated that campaign must be launched to sensitize people about their possible vulnerabilities.
He was addressing media men at a workshop organized by CCP to sensitize journalists on the Competition Laws and the Powers of the Competition Commission of Pakistan.
MUZAFFARGARH -- Anti-Narcotics Jeevay Pakistan Cycling Rally will leave for Islamabad on Wednesday (April 23), with an objective to sensitize youth about horrors of drug addiction and promote healthy environment.
The emergence of several biotechnologically derived foods and industrial proteins, as well as their potential to sensitize genetically predisposed populations to develop allergy, has prompted health officials and regulatory agencies around the world to seek approaches and methodologies to screen novel proteins for allergenicity.
He suggests that the anticancer drugs not only damage cancer cells directly but also sensitize them to radiation.
Deeba, who presented a report of community safety activities conducted in Rawalpindi during previous year to sensitize community members about emergency and disaster management to the DG.