neutralize

verb
neu·tral·ize | \ ˈnü-trə-ˌlīz , 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

b : kill, destroy

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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The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was said to have fired about 70 rounds before Capitol Police officers neutralized him. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Rep. Steve Scalise to return to field one year after Congressional Baseball shooting," 14 June 2018 After each lightening session, Sawers would tone her client's hair to neutralize brassiness. Marci Robin, Allure, "See How This Colorist Transformed Her Client's Graying Roots Into Fully Silver Hair," 3 June 2018 The Revolution have had success with their high-press style of play, but Dallas provided a blueprint on how to neutralize it. Dan Mcloone, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution, Crew share a common frustration as they square off," 20 Apr. 2018 Durr lights up from deep Oregon State tried to implement its trademark outside shooting, but Durr did her part to neutralize it. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Instant analysis: Louisville women's basketball beats Oregon State, advances to Final Four," 25 Mar. 2018 But avoiding those difficulties or neutralizing them involves an active bet or a deviation from the constitution of global asset markets. John Coumarianos, WSJ, "Your Robo Adviser Is More Active Than You Think," 4 Sep. 2017 In the hypothetical New York City attack, if the sources couldn’t be tracked down quickly and neutralized, the consequences would be wide reaching. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 But neutralizing overall harm doesn’t move a species any closer to recovery, which is why environmentalists frequently oppose these permits. Peter S. Alagona, Outside Online, "The Endangered Species Act Needs a Reboot," 9 July 2018 Even without committing any overt double teams (which run counter to Indiana's defensive principles), Indiana has held its own against James while neutralizing every possible outlet. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Victor Oladipo and the Pacers Have Cleveland on the Brink of Disaster," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of neutralize

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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neutralize

verb

English Language Learners 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

neutralize

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