Definition of neutralize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    neutralize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈnutrəˌlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they neutralize
     
    he / she / it neutralizes
     
    past simple neutralized
     
    -ing form neutralizing
     
     
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  1. 1neutralize something to stop something from having any effect The latest figures should neutralize the fears of inflation.
  2. 2 neutralize something (chemistry) to make a substance neutral Lime was used to neutralize the acidity of the soil.
  3. 3neutralize somebody/something to remove the threat of someone or something that might be dangerous, especially by killing them or destroying it. People sayneutralizeto avoid sayingkillordestroy The military carried out its operation to “neutralize and eliminate” the insurgents.
  4. 4 neutralize something to make a country or an area neutral The treaty neutralized the Black Sea.
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NAmE//ˌnutrələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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