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 Regulated companies in the state can only use offsets to neutralize up to 8% of their emissions, a figure that declines to 4% in 2021. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "How California can help save Brazil’s burning rainforests," 28 Aug. 2019 These greenhouse gas-producing energy sources become more expensive (thus less used), but out-of-pocket dollars are neutralized by the dividend. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Can the Denver City Council clear the air? (8/18/19)," 18 Aug. 2019 Antioxidants neutralize those free radicals to protect your skin from damage. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "What Do Antioxidants Really Do for Your Skin?," 20 July 2018 But, as noted above, your body does a fine job of neutralizing acid on its own, and these claims are based on flimsy science. Christy Brissette, chicagotribune.com, "There’s no solid evidence alkaline water is better for you," 29 Aug. 2019 But, as noted above, your body does a fine job of neutralizing acid on its own, and these claims are based on flimsy science. Christy Brissette, Washington Post, "Is alkaline water really better for you?," 28 Aug. 2019 In response, China allowed its currency to devalue, which has the effect of partially neutralizing the tariffs. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Mortgage rates falling at the steepest rate in seven years," 8 Aug. 2019 Loquat leaf delivers antioxidants, which both prevent sun damage in real time (by neutralizing free radicals) and repair skin overnight, while Japanese wild rose smooths skin texture and minimizes the look of my otherwise gigantic pores. Deanna Pai, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Multitasking Sunscreen I Never Leave Home Without," 22 July 2019 Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of neutralize

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of neutralize was in 1744

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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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