Definition of Neutralize

1. Verb. Make politically neutral and thus inoffensive. "The treaty neutralized the small republic"

Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Co-opt
Derivative terms: Neutralization

2. Verb. Make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of. "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"
Exact synonyms: Negate, Neutralise, Nullify
Generic synonyms: Weaken
Derivative terms: Neutralisation, Neutralization, Nullification

3. Verb. Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions. "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
Exact synonyms: Counteract, Counterbalance, Countervail
Specialized synonyms: Override
Generic synonyms: Cancel, Offset, Set Off
Derivative terms: Counteraction, Counteractive, Counterbalance, Neutralization

4. Verb. Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing. "They want to neutralize the prisoners "; "The double agent was neutralized"
Exact synonyms: Do In, Knock Off, Liquidate, Neutralise, Waste
Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Liquidation, Liquidator

5. Verb. Make incapable of military action.
Exact synonyms: Neutralise
Generic synonyms: Demilitarise, Demilitarize
Derivative terms: Neutralisation, Neutralization

6. Verb. Make chemically neutral. "She neutralized the solution"
Exact synonyms: Neutralise
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Neutralisation, Neutralization

Definition of Neutralize

1. v. t. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality.

Definition of Neutralize

1. Verb. (American spelling) (alternative spelling of (neutralise)) ¹

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Definition of Neutralize

1. [v -IZED, -IZING, -IZES]

Medical Definition of Neutralize

1. 1. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality. "So here I am neutralized again." (Sir W. Scott) 2. To render inert or imperceptible the peculiar affinities of, as a chemical substance; to destroy the effect of; as, to neutralize an acid with a base. 3. To destroy the peculiar or opposite dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference inefficience; to counteract; as, to neutralize parties in government; to neutralize efforts, opposition, etc. "Counter citations that neutralize each other." (E. Everett) Origin: Cf. F. Neutraliser. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Neutralize

neutralization fire
neutralization plate
neutralization reaction
neutralization test
neutralization tests
neutralize (current term)
neutralizing antibody

Literary usage of Neutralize

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1911)
"Panama canal—Fortification—Continued. neutralize, not fortify tlie canal. World's Work. 21: 14075-6. Mr. 41. neutralize the canal. Ind. 70: 162-4. Ja. ..."

2. Farm and Garden Rule-book: A Manual of Ready Rules and Reference with by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1911)
"... table shows the quantity of gypsum required to neutralize sodium carbonate in an acre-foot of soil: — i An acre-foot of soil weighs 4000000 pounds. ..."

3. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1859)
"Any alkali wilt neutralize the sulphate of lime in a steam boiler, but the common carbonate of soda is the cheapest which can be used. ..."

4. Life and Public Services of Edwin M. Stanton by George Congdon Gorham (1899)
"HOW TO neutralize THE MERRIMAC Then followed a discussion as to the power of th« ... neutralize ..."

5. The Principles of the Law of Evidence: With Elementary Rules for Conducting by William Mawdesley Best, John Archibald Russell (1882)
"It seems that conflicting estoppels neutralize each other, or, as our books express it, " Estoppel against estoppel doth put the matter at large. ..."

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