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
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 Copper’s ability to neutralize microbes is well-known. Andrew Zaleski, STAT, "As hospitals look to prevent infections, a chorus of researchers make a case for copper surfaces," 24 Sep. 2020 If Trump gets to seat a replacement to Ginsburg, and a victorious Biden does not do something to neutralize that, like packing the court, there will be a majority on the court for complete conservative domination of policy for years. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Democrats Have a Dianne Feinstein Problem," 24 Sep. 2020 Gaillard was flagged once for a false start, but the Cardinals offensive line was able to generally neutralize Washington, which had eight sacks the week before. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals focus on improvements despite big plays; Gaillard gets first start," 20 Sep. 2020 Ortho Clinical’s test has a chemical reagent that binds only with antibodies suspected to neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Why the FDA authorized just one test to classify all Covid-19 plasma," 9 Sep. 2020 If a mutation affects the part of a virus that the immune system uses to neutralize the virus, this then becomes a strain that can infect people previously infected or vaccinated. Christian Happi, Quartz Africa, "Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2," 7 Sep. 2020 Synthetic antibodies that researchers believe neutralize the coronavirus have been created at UCSF and could be available for use in nose sprays or inhalers within a few months if clinical trials go well. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 11-12," 17 Aug. 2020 Critics said the prince sometimes used corruption allegations to settle political scores and neutralize potential opponents. Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg.com, "Saudi King Dismisses Yemen War General on Corruption Suspicions," 1 Sep. 2020 The funding is aimed at providing tactical assistance to law enforcement to accelerate entry time and neutralize the suspect sooner, ultimately saving lives. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "RNC speakers: What to know about Andrew Pollack," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of neutralize

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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28 Sep 2020

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“Neutralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neutralize. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for neutralize

neutralize

verb
How to pronounce neutralize (audio)

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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