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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Most, if not all of the alkalinity of alkaline water will be neutralized in the stomach. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 2018 Capela has been an absolute stud during the playoffs, neutralizing Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns in the first round and outplaying Utah’s Rudy Gobert in the second round. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "West Finals Preview: Dynasty-Seeking Warriors Face Toughest Test Yet in Rockets?," 11 May 2018 The more one-dimensional a player is, the more likely he'll be neutralized or rendered inefficient. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' Pritchard knows some players are better fits for regular season over NBA playoffs," 11 May 2018 The 41-member House Democratic caucus voted to unanimously oppose a provision that would allow school personnel to be trained as certified law enforcement officers and carry guns on campus to neutralize threats by active shooters. Steve Bousquet, Elizabeth Koh And Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "Under pressure from Parkland and NRA, Florida House debates gun law, school safety | Miami Herald," 6 Mar. 2018 Each antibody neutralized a group of flu viruses, not just one; but the groups of viruses did not overlap. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Llama “nanobodies” might grant universal flu protection," 5 Nov. 2018 The Massachusetts Democrat, a likely presidential contender in 2020, released the test Monday in an attempt to neutralize attacks from President Donald Trump and other Republicans. Alex Horton, The Seattle Times, "Elizabeth Warren angers prominent Native Americans with politically fraught DNA test," 16 Oct. 2018 Purple neutralizes sallow, yellow tones, while orange and red balance out blue and purple dark circles. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Erborian's CC Cream Cancels Out Redness Like Magic," 16 Oct. 2018 In 2012, a lab study showed that water with a pH of 8.8 neutralized pepsin, the enzyme that causes damage to the esophagus in people with acid reflux. SELF, "What Even Is Alkaline Water and Is It Really Better Than Regular Water?," 6 Sep. 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
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 , 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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