neuter

adjective
neu·​ter | \ ˈnü-tər How to pronounce neuter (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of neuter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine
b : neither active nor passive : intransitive
2 : taking no side : neutral
3 : lacking or having imperfectly developed or nonfunctional generative organs

neuter

noun

Definition of neuter (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a noun, pronoun, adjective, or inflectional form or class of the neuter gender
b : the neuter gender
2 : one that is neutral
b : a spayed or castrated animal

neuter

verb
neutered; neutering; neuters

Definition of neuter (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

2 : to remove the force or effectiveness of

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of neuter in a Sentence

Adjective The pronoun “it” is neuter. Verb She had her dog neutered by the veterinarian. The bill was neutered by the changes made by the legislature.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Humane Society of Utah will spay or neuter dogs for $125 and cats for $90 at its clinics in Murray and St. George. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Without the Congressional Review Act, Democrats have a few options to neuter Trump-era rules. Sasha Hupka, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 His weather segments always ended with a reminder for people watching at home to spay or neuter their pets. cleveland, 4 Aug. 2020 The legendary weatherman, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 89, spent 55 years at WJW Channel 8, letting viewers know to expect sunshine, rain or snow -- sometimes all three in one day -- and reminding them to spay or neuter their pets. cleveland, 4 Aug. 2020 Spay/neuter laws Mandatory spay/neuter laws are aimed to prevent animal overpopulation, and are often enacted at the local level. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, 27 Oct. 2017 The plan to neuter hurricanes involved a series of observations and deductions, with each step built upon the last. Sam Kean, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2017 On Feb. 19, Wheaton, founder of the Alicia Pet Care Center, will hold the fifth annual free spay and neuter day in memory of Ford Petersen, an employee who died Feb. 11, 2013, at age 21, from a congenital heart condition. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, 14 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the same time, providing medical care and spay/neuter surgery for companion animals can be costly. Megan Becka, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Latin, the linguistic ancestor of Spanish, Portuguese, French and other Romance languages, has a separate neuter gender. Charlotte Allen, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2021 Adoption fee: $15, includes spay/neuter; microchip with lifetime registration, vet exam. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2021 In 2017, the agriculture department began a program to capture and neuter or relocate the animals, a world-first ethical approach to overpopulation concerns, according to Roni Wong of the Wild Boar Concern Group. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2021 Spay and neuter programs dramatically reduced overpopulation in subsequent decades, but pet owners largely assumed something was inherently wrong with shelter animals. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2021 And in 2018, the organization partnered with Orange County to open a low-cost spay-neuter clinic in east Orlando. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Oct. 2021 According to the Washington Humane Society website, Barn Buddies is a low-cost neuter program for friendly outdoor cats. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2021 Puppies and kittens will need several rounds of vaccinations and spay/neuter. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many, if not most, dog owners in the United States never confront the question of whether to spay or neuter their pets. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2020 Despite this, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin forced his colleagues to neuter the climate provisions within the infrastructure package that would have brought American greenhouse gas emissions under control. Simran Sethi, Wired, 2 Dec. 2021 The Golden Globe winner, 75, sat down for an interview (and some snuggles) with a shelter cat named Patches for PETA's new campaign, urging pet owners to spay and neuter their animals. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 28 Oct. 2021 But the Maine program includes different language that, if upheld, could effectively neuter Espinoza. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021 After being given anesthesia, vet technicians will neuter or spay the cat, provide a rabies vaccine and implant a microchip. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2021 But the Maine program includes different language that, if upheld, could effectively neuter Espinoza. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021 But the Maine program includes different language that, if upheld, could effectively neuter Espinoza. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021 But the Maine program includes different language that, if upheld, could effectively neuter Espinoza. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of neuter

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neuter

Adjective

Middle English neutre, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French neutre, from Latin neuter, literally, neither, from ne- not + uter which of two — more at no, whether entry 2

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“Neuter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neuter. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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neuter

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of neuter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or belonging to the class of words (called a gender) that ordinarily includes most of the words referring to things that are neither masculine nor feminine

neuter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of neuter (Entry 3 of 2)

: to remove the sex organs from (an animal)
: to make (something) much less powerful or effective

neuter

verb
neu·​ter | \ ˈnü-tər How to pronounce neuter (audio) , ˈnyü- \
neutered; neutering

Kids Definition of neuter

: to remove the sex glands and especially the testes from : castrate neuter a dog

neuter

noun
neu·​ter | \ ˈn(y)üt-ər How to pronounce neuter (audio) \

Medical Definition of neuter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a spayed or castrated animal (as a cat)

neuter

transitive verb

Medical Definition of neuter (Entry 2 of 2)

: castrate sense 1, alter a neutered cat

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