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

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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First Known Use of neutralize

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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12 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for neutralize

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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