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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Security forces waged an eight-hour gun battle with insurgents before the attack was neutralized. Ehsan Popalzai And Tara John, CNN, "Six killed, 51 schoolchildren injured in Taliban attack on Kabul," 1 July 2019 Security forces waged an eight-hour gun battle with insurgents before the attack was neutralized. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "At least 6 dead, scores wounded in Taliban attack," 1 July 2019 The Wolverines’ hot offense was neutralized by Rocker. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball stymied by Vanderbilt, 4-1, in College World Series," 25 June 2019 Mina's team also developed tests to catalog antibodies—or invader-neutralizing proteins formed by one type of memory cell—in a blood sample. National Geographic, "Measles vaccines protect against more than just measles. Here's how.," 4 Mar. 2019 The explosive charges in the bomblets are neutralized and the robots can then go on to turn the weapons into steel, aluminum, and copper scrap. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Is Using Robots to Dismantle Hazardous Rockets," 26 Feb. 2019 To neutralize the threat to their homes, these former rivals tap into new secret agent gadgets to infiltrate her base of operations. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Birds and pigs go all 007 in final Angry Birds Movie 2 trailer," 20 June 2019 Some soils are better able to neutralize acids than others. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019 Fremd starter TJ Davis effectively neutralized the Mustangs after the first inning. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, Daily Southtown, "'I am made for these big moments': Vic Aguilar pitches St. Rita back to 4A state semifinals," 4 June 2019

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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 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 neutralise (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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