sensitize (someone or something) to (something)

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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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only this, but Allama Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam also sensitized us to the challenges and responsibilities our future generations had to face.
The disability rights movement has sensitized us to disability stigma and to the biases of health care providers.
And of course, in a world where Al-Qaeda operates in sixty countries on six continents, it sensitized us to the increasingly global nature of the threats arrayed against us.
If SARS teaches us anything on a philosophical or moral level perhaps it has sensitized us to the far greater global experience of others.
* Bob Flood, whose early involvement sensitized us to the role of power and the need for political astuteness.
Another recent example is the women's movement, which sensitized us to questions about gender and the status of women in the gospels.
The civil rights movement and the women's movement have sensitized us to racism and sexism, respectively.
When children are victimized it sometimes acts to alert public opinion to the dimensions of a problem: thus the plight of 'little Irma' sensitized us to the state of the sick and wounded in wart Sarajevo.