Neutralize - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈnuːtrəlaɪz|  American pronunciation of the word neutralize
Brit.  |ˈnjuːtrəlaɪz|  British pronunciation of the word neutralize
- make politically neutral and thus inoffensive
The treaty neutralized the small republic
- make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of (syn: negate, nullify)
Her optimism neutralizes his gloom
- oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions (syn: counteract, counterbalance, countervail)
- get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing (syn: do in, knock off, liquidate, waste)
the double agent was neutralized
- make incapable of military action
- make chemically neutral
She neutralized the solution

Examples

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.

Rising prices neutralize increased wages.

a medicine that neutralizes the acid in the stomach

The treaty neutralized the small republic

Her optimism neutralizes his gloom

She neutralized the solution

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: neutralize
he/she/it: neutralizes
present participle: neutralizing
past tense: neutralized
past participle: neutralized
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