neutralize

verb
neu·​tral·​ize | \ ˈnü-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce neutralize (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web For example, levels of antibodies that quickly neutralize SARS-CoV-2 do indeed drop over time, as happens against most pathogens, but reserves of B cells and T cells that also recognize the virus lie in wait. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 17 Aug. 2021 But concerns about the safety of these formulas have inspired some to seek out alternatives, including natural, aluminum-free versions that neutralize smells rather than inhibiting sweat. New York Times, 6 July 2021 Still, based on experience with other vaccines, public health experts expect that the rate will remain low, given how effective the COVID-19 vaccines are in producing antibodies that neutralize the virus as well as longer lasting immune defenses. Alice Park, Time, 28 May 2021 The team in Vienna pioneered this technique and used it to determine that a single graphene layer usually supplies sufficient electrons to neutralize an incoming ion. Karmela Padavic-callaghan, Scientific American, 2 Sep. 2021 That army includes antibodies which are specifically-tailored to neutralize that protein, and B and T cells which work together to produce said antibodies. Emma Yasinski, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Aug. 2021 Researchers from New York University found that blood samples from people who had received the J&J vaccine were less able to neutralize the delta variant than blood from people who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shots. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2021 Pre-print studies suggest that the Lambda variant may be able to neutralize antibodies in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 14 Aug. 2021 Even so, the blood of COVID-19 survivors has the potential to neutralize the 2003 strain. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of neutralize

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Neutralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutralize. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce neutralize (audio) , 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 How to pronounce neutralize (audio) \
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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