Hypothetical: there is something that is pretty convoluted or difficult to understand. It is described as insane.

What is the verb that would be used to describe what someone would do to make the something sane?

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    Your question is confusing and unclear. Please edit it to clarify what you are asking.
    – Erik Kowal
    Oct 2, 2014 at 1:40
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    Why, sanitize, of course.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 2, 2014 at 2:15

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Rationalize, to make it rational, to apply logic or reason to something.

You can also consider clarify, to make something easy to understand.


Rehabilitate? Has both the feel of "fix" and institutionalization...


Sanify is an English word, albeit rare, which means to make something healthy/healthful. (Merriam-Webster, Collins)

I think it can be useful as an alternative to sanitize which is usually interpreted as making something clean (Merriam-Webster, Collins), although both have the same root in the Latin sanus (health).

  • Although in the OP's particular example, clarify or sanitize can both work, in terms of making your something clear or clean. Jul 20, 2017 at 3:15

"Untangle" and the buzzword "unpack" both have the sense of making order out of chaos, which is a phrase for the meaning you seek.



The term that refers to making something sanitary should be "sanitarize", right?

  • I would have said "saneitize".
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 30, 2019 at 0:04

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