Definition of neutralize
1 : to make chemically neutral
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
: 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.
Recent Examples of neutralize from the Web
Thompson did not have a lot to say about Golden State’s concerted effort to neutralize him.
With deserved pride, Pollitzer affirms that Equality Florida has been in the state capital every year since 2007, and the group has either blocked or neutralized every single piece of anti-LGBT legislation filed since then.
The justices have agreed to consider whether Wisconsin’s State Assembly map violates the 14th amendment’s equal protection clause because it was drawn to neutralize the votes of Democrats, depriving them of representation.
Lue's defensive strategy to this point in the playoffs has been to neutralize the opponents' top player.
The Eagles face-guarded and neutralized Stukenberg, a Marriotts Ridge graduate from Ellicott City who still managed three assists, and the Terps connected on only five of 21 shots in the first half.
Indeed, the Huskies completely neutralized Metea's potent offense, allowing only three shots.
Tunsil had effectively neutralized his defensive end, protecting Ryan Tannehill’s blindside.
When Tony and Rhodey simultaneously exert a larger upward force, the emission rate of gravitons increases, to again neutralize their efforts.
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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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