Definition of neutralize
1 : to make chemically neutral
3 : to make electrically inert by combining equal positive and negative quantities
4 : to invest (as a territory or a nation) with conventional or obligatory neutrality conferring inviolability during a war
5 : to make neutral by blending with the complementary color
6 : to give (as a pair of phonemes) a nondistinctive form or pronunciation <\t\ and \d\ are neutralized when pronounced as flaps>
: to undergo neutralization
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.
First Known Use of neutralize
NEUTRALIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of neutralize for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of neutralize for Students
1 : to make chemically neutral <An acid is neutralized with lime.>
2 : to make ineffective <Good pitching will neutralize the other team's hitters.>
Medical Definition of neutralize
transitive verb: to make chemically neutral
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
3: to make electrically inert by combining equal positive and negative quantities
intransitive verb: to undergo neutralization
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