- to make neutral; cause to undergo neutralization.
- to make (something) ineffective; counteract; nullify: carelessness that neutralized our efforts.
- Military. to put out of action or make incapable of action: to neutralize an enemy position.
- to declare neutral; invest with neutrality in order to exempt from involvement during a war: to neutralize a city to prevent bombing.
- to add an acid to a basic solution or a base to an acidic solution until the resulting solution is chemically neutral (pH = 7).
- Electricity. to render electrically or magnetically neutral.
Origin of neutralize
Examples from the Web for neutralise
Let him neutralise the treachery into which a moment of human weakness betrayed him.The Trampling of the Lilies
That is the way to neutralise the poison they are spreading.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
To neutralise these was the question that now occupied them.The Boy Slaves
In that case they should neutralise one another; anyhow, let me hear them.The Lone Ranche
Captain Mayne Reid
When he did, he was wont to laugh at himself, and so neutralise the laugh raised against him.The Red Eric
- (also intr) to render or become ineffective or neutral by counteracting, mixing, etc; nullify
- (also intr) to make or become electrically or chemically neutral
- to exclude (a country) from the sphere of warfare or alliances by international agreementthe great powers neutralized Belgium in the 19th century
- to render (an army) incapable of further military action
Word Origin and History for neutralise
1734, "to render neutral" (in a chemical sense), from French neutraliser (17c.), from neutral (see neutral (adj.)). Meaning "to counterbalance, to kill by opposing" is from 1795. Related: Neutralized; neutralizing.
- To cause an acidic solution to become neutral by adding a base to it or to cause a basic solution to become neutral by adding an acid to it. Salt and water are usually formed in the process.