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verb, neu·tral·ize \ˈnü-trə-ˌlīz, ˈnyü-\

Simple Definition of neutralize

  • : to stop (someone or something) from being effective or harmful

  • : to cause (a chemical) to be neither an acid nor a base

  • : to make (something, such as a country or area) neutral during a war

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of neutralize


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make chemically neutral

  3. 2 a :  to counteract the activity or effect of :  make ineffective <propaganda that is difficult to neutralize> b :  kill, destroy

  4. 3 :  to make electrically inert by combining equal positive and negative quantities

  5. 4 :  to invest (as a territory or a nation) with conventional or obligatory neutrality conferring inviolability during a war

  6. 5 :  to make neutral by blending with the complementary color

  7. 6 :  to give (as a pair of phonemes) a nondistinctive form or pronunciation <\t\ and \d\ are neutralized when pronounced as flaps>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  to undergo neutralization

neutralizer noun

Examples of neutralize in a sentence

  1. The soldiers tried to neutralize the attack by dividing the invading army.

  2. This medicine neutralizes stomach acids.

  3. The lands between the warring countries were neutralized.


First Known Use of neutralize


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NEUTRALIZE Defined for Kids


verb neu·tral·ize \ˈnü-trə-ˌlīz, ˈnyü-\

Definition of neutralize for Students


  1. 1 :  to make chemically neutral <An acid is neutralized with lime.>

  2. 2 :  to make ineffective <Good pitching will neutralize the other team's hitters.>

Medical Dictionary


verb neu·tral·ize

Medical Definition of neutralize

neutralized also British neutralised; neutralizing also British neutralising

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to make chemically neutral

  4. 2a:  to counteract the activity or effect of :  make ineffectiveb:  to counteract the refractive power of (a lens) by combining it with one or more other lenses

  5. 3:  to make electrically inert by combining equal positive and negative quantities

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to undergo neutralization

neutralizer also British neutraliser noun

Variants of neutralize

also British neutralise \ˈn(y)ü-trə-ˌlīz\play

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to dishevel or rumple

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