2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Neutralize \Neu"tral*ize\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Neutralized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Neutralizing}.] [Cf. F. neutraliser.]

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

So here I am neutralized again. --Sir W. Scott.

2. (Chem.) 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 properties or opposite dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference or inefficiency; to counteract; to render ineffective; as, to neutralize parties in government; to neutralize efforts, opposition, etc.

Counter citations that neutralize each other. --E. Everett.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: make politically neutral and thus inoffensive; "The treaty neutralized the small republic"

2: make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of; "Her optimism neutralizes his gloom"; "This action will negate the effect of my efforts" [syn: {neutralize}, {neutralise}, {nullify}, {negate}]

3: oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues" [syn: {counteract}, {countervail}, {neutralize}, {counterbalance}]

4: get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized" [syn: {neutralize}, {neutralise}, {liquidate}, {waste}, {knock off}, {do in}]

5: make incapable of military action [syn: {neutralize}, {neutralise}]

6: make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution" [syn: {neutralize}, {neutralise}]

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