Definition of neutralize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːtrəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːtrəlaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they neutralize
    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːtrəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːtrəlaɪz//
    he / she / it neutralizes
    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːtrəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːtrəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple neutralized
    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːtrəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːtrəlaɪzd//
    past participle neutralized
    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːtrəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːtrəlaɪzd//
    -ing form neutralizing
    BrE BrE//ˈnjuːtrəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnuːtrəlaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1neutralize something to stop something from having any effect The latest figures should neutralize the fears of inflation. This strategy effectively neutralized what the Conservatives had hoped would be a vote-winner.
  2. 2neutralize something (chemistry) to make a substance neutral (6) Lime was used to neutralize the acidity of the soil.
  3. 3neutralize something to make a country or an area neutral (2) The treaty neutralized the Black Sea.
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French neutraliser, from medieval Latin neutralizare, from Latin neutralis ‘of neuter gender’, from Latin neuter ‘neither’, from ne- ‘not’ + uter ‘either’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: neutralize