- 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
Related Words for neutralizesubdue, nullify, redress, counterbalance, offset, negate, overcome, counterpoise, invalidate, countervail, negative, undo, frustrate, override, annul, conquer, defeat, cancel, abrogate, balance
Examples from the Web for neutralize
Contemporary Examples of neutralize
The serum failed to neutralize the virus in subsequent tests and seemed to offer little protection in animal experiments.Infected Ebola Doctor Kent Brantly Is an Endangered Hero
August 3, 2014
It is fair to assume that the IDF would move immediately to neutralize the threat.Israel’s Balancing Act in Sinai
August 16, 2013
The letter that Indian M.P.s wrote was an effort to exert counter-pressure and neutralize that campaign.Should Hindu Nationalist Narendra Modi Be Allowed a U.S. Visa?
July 31, 2013
Unless we neutralize the air assets with the no-fly zone, this bleeding will continue.Free Syrian Army Gen. Salem Idris Yet to Hear From D.C. About Promised ‘Military Support’
June 17, 2013
He posed a challenge for the church: he was too revered not to claim, too radical not to neutralize.Who Is Pope Francis? Six Best Reads on Jorge Mario Bergoglio
The Daily Beast
March 13, 2013
Historical Examples of neutralize
This will neutralize the acid and prevent it from rotting the wood.
This helps to neutralize the acid and keep it from injuring the wood or cement.
This will neutralize any acid which may be present in the moisture.
He can take nothing away, but only cauterize and neutralize, he says, so why not let him try?Death of a Spaceman
Walter M. Miller
If we tried it this close, we'd just be trying to neutralize the sun's gravity.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
- (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 neutralize
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.