neutralize

verb
neu·​tral·​ize | \ ˈnü-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce neutralize (audio) , ˈnyü- \
neutralized; neutralizing

Definition of neutralize

transitive verb

1 : to make chemically neutral
2a : to counteract the activity or effect of : make ineffective propaganda that is difficult to neutralize
3 : to make electrically inert by combining equal positive and negative quantities
4 : to invest (a territory, a nation, etc.) with conventional or obligatory neutrality conferring inviolability during a war
5 : to make neutral by blending with the complementary color
6 : to give (a pair of phonemes) a nondistinctive form or pronunciation \t\ and \d\ are neutralized when pronounced as flaps

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Other Words from neutralize

neutralizer noun

Examples of neutralize in a Sentence

The soldiers tried to neutralize the attack by dividing the invading army. This medicine neutralizes stomach acids. The lands between the warring countries were neutralized.
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Recent Examples on the Web The second strategy, which overlaps with the first, is a sincerity that makes room for the reader’s embarrassment, thereby neutralizing it. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“The Crying Book” Reveals How Tears Can Help Us, and How They Can’t," 8 Jan. 2020 The game plan will be finding a healthy balance between neutralizing him, while also not giving too much free reign to the three other guys on the field. Stephen Means, cleveland, "How will Clemson game plan for Ohio State football’s Chase Young in the Fiesta Bowl?," 25 Dec. 2019 Evidently, the team decided the best way to minimize the risk would be to neutralize it and sit Brissett on the bench. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts not willing to risk further injury, sit Jacoby Brissett for Brian Hoyer vs. Dolphins," 9 Nov. 2019 But he has been much improved in year two, shutting down Denver’s Bradley Chubb in the opener and then neutralizing Khalil Mack against Chicago. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Raiders developing into contender in year 2 under Gruden," 7 Oct. 2019 The missile has not one but two warheads--the first to trigger the reactive armor tiles, neutralizing them, and the second to penetrate the tank’s main armor belt. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Is the Javelin Missile at the Center of Trump's Impeachment Scandal?," 27 Sep. 2019 Even though the data privacy law was signed more than a year ago, many people expected the business lobby—especially Big Tech—to kill or neutralize it before the CCPA goes into effect in January 2020. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Here Comes America’s First Privacy Law: What the CCPA Means for Business and Consumers," 13 Sep. 2019 Run Derrick Favors at power forward alongside Rudy Gobert, and good teams will effectively neutralize him. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Jazz Don't Need to Be a Superteam," 26 July 2019 When your body perceives a threat, like the influenza virus your coworker just sprayed into the air via a forceful sneeze, your body ideally produces an immune response to neutralize it. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "What Even Causes ITP?," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of neutralize

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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24 Jan 2020

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“Neutralize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutralize. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for neutralize

neutralize

verb
How to pronounce neutralize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of neutralize

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

neutralize

verb
neu·​tral·​ize | \ ˈnü-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce neutralize (audio) , ˈnyü- \
neutralized; neutralizing

Kids Definition of neutralize

1 : to make chemically neutral An acid is neutralized with lime.
2 : to make ineffective Good pitching will neutralize the other team's hitters.

neutralize

verb
neu·​tral·​ize
variants: also British neutralise \ ˈn(y)ü-​trə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce neutralise (audio) \
neutralized also British neutralised; neutralizing also British neutralising

Medical Definition of neutralize

transitive verb

1 : to make chemically neutral
2a : to counteract the activity or effect of : make ineffective
b : to counteract the refractive power of (a lens) by combining it with one or more other lenses
3 : to make electrically inert by combining equal positive and negative quantities

Other Words from neutralize

neutralizer also British neutraliser noun

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