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Meaning & Definition of Neutralize in English

English

Neutralize

/nutrəlaɪz/

verb

1. Make politically neutral and thus inoffensive

  • "The treaty neutralized the small republic"
    synonym:
  • neutralize

2. Make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

  • "Her optimism neutralizes his gloom"
  • "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"
    synonym:
  • neutralize
  • ,
  • neutralise
  • ,
  • nullify
  • ,
  • negate

3. Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

  • "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • neutralize
  • ,
  • neutralise
  • ,
  • liquidate
  • ,
  • waste
  • ,
  • knock off
  • ,
  • do in

5. Make incapable of military action

    synonym:
  • neutralize
  • ,
  • neutralise

6. Make chemically neutral

  • "She neutralized the solution"
    synonym:
  • neutralize
  • ,
  • neutralise