neutralize

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

Definition of neutralize

neutralized; neutralizing
transitive verb
1 :to make chemically neutral
2 a :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
intransitive verb
:to undergo neutralization

neutralizer

noun

Examples of neutralize in a Sentence

  1. The soldiers tried to neutralize the attack by dividing the invading army.

  2. This medicine neutralizes stomach acids.

  3. The lands between the warring countries were neutralized.

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First Known Use of neutralize

1744


NEUTRALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

neutralize

verb

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

neutralize

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

Definition of neutralize for Students

neutralized; neutralizing
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 Dictionary

neutralize

verb neu·tral·ize
variants: also British neutralise play \ˈn(y)ü-trə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of neutralize

neutralized also British neutralised; neutralizing also British neutralising
transitive verb
1 :to make chemically neutral
2 a :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
intransitive verb
:to undergo neutralization

neutralizer

also British neutraliser noun


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