neutralize


neutralize
[[t]nju͟ːtrəlaɪz, AM nu͟ːt-[/t]]
neutralizes, neutralizing, neutralized
(in BRIT, also use neutralise)
1) VERB To neutralize something means to prevent it from having any effect or from working properly.

[V n] The US is trying to neutralize the resolution in the UN Security Council...

[V n] The intruder smashed a window to get in and then neutralized the alarm system.

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neutralization [[t]nju͟ːtrəlaɪze͟ɪʃ(ə)n, AM nu͟ːt-[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu N of n

...the sale or neutralization of the suspected nuclear site.

2) VERB When a chemical substance neutralizes an acid, it makes it less acid.

[V n] Antacids are alkaline and they relieve pain by neutralizing acid in the contents of the stomach.


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  • neutralize — (v.) 1734, to render neutral (in a chemical sense), from Fr. neutraliser (17c.), from neutral (see NEUTRAL (Cf. neutral) (adj.)). Meaning to counterbalance, to kill by opposing is from 1795. Related: Neutralized; neutralizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • neutralize — (Amer.) neu·tral·ize || nuːtrÉ™laɪz / njuː v. make neutral; counteract; take out of action; become neutral; (Physics) render without charge; (Chemistry) cause a solution to become neither acidic nor alkaline (also neutralise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • neutralize — [v] counteract abrogate, annul, balance, cancel, compensate for, conquer, counterbalance, countercheck, counterpoise, countervail, defeat, frustrate, invalidate, negate, negative, nullify, offset, overcome, override, overrule, redress, subdue,… …   New thesaurus

  • neutralize — (also neutralise) ► VERB 1) make ineffective by applying an opposite force or effect. 2) make chemically neutral. 3) disarm (a bomb). 4) euphemistic kill or destroy. DERIVATIVES neutralization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • neutralize — [no͞o′trə līz΄, nyo͞o′trə līz΄] vt. neutralized, neutralizing [Fr neutraliser] 1. to declare (a territory, nation, etc.) neutral in war; declare open to all nations under international law and exempt from attack 2. to make ineffective; destroy or …   English World dictionary

  • neutralize — neutralizer, n. /nooh treuh luyz , nyooh /, v., neutralized, neutralizing. v.t. 1. to make neutral; cause to undergo neutralization. 2. to make (something) ineffective; counteract; nullify: carelessness that neutralized our efforts. 3. Mil. to… …   Universalium

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