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Definition of neutralize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    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. 2neutralize 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. 4neutralize something to make a country or an area neutral The treaty neutralized the Black Sea.
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noun [uncountable]
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