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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Gregg Williams blitz package should neutralize the second-year signal caller. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 1: Start and Sit," 5 Sep. 2019 The enzyme, like other antioxidants, can even neutralize free radicals (which have been linked to aging). Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Shop Kristen Bell’s Fave Skyn Iceland Eye Gels for Just $13 at Dermstore’s Anniversary Sale Right Now," 19 Aug. 2019 If that wasn’t impressive enough, the ingredient can also neutralize free radical damage, helping to prevent skin cancer as well as fine lines and wrinkles in the process. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "8 Niacinamide Products Dermatologists Absolutely Swear By," 24 June 2019 Instead of waiting to assess the threat, officers have been taught to take more immediate action with the goal of neutralizing the threat and protecting civilians. AZCentral.com, "Phoenix police shot at more people than NYPD did in 2018. Will that change?," 20 June 2019 The lack of the ability to consistently deliver gut-punch homers has neutralized the team’s home-field advantage. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "With baseball amid a historic power surge, the Rockies find themselves behind the home run curve," 18 Aug. 2019 On the heel of those events, the transfer of Kedrick James to SMU decreased the depth and neutralized the impact of Cameron Latu’s recent conversion from pass rusher to in-line blocker. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al, "Whatever you call it, Alabama is intrigued by this offensive package," 5 Aug. 2019 Next, slather in the C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream, a rich, lipid-soluble moisturizer that neutralizes free radicals to shield skin from harmful UV rays. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Sunday Riley’s Essentials Kit Is on Sale During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 The straightforward conclusion was that the organisms were swimming in a way that neutralized the solution’s internal friction to produce something like a superfluid, a liquid with zero resistance. Quanta Magazine, "Swarming Bacteria Create an ‘Impossible’ Superfluid," 26 July 2018

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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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