verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1759 transitive verb 1. to make chemically neutral 2. a. to counteract the activity or effect of ; make ineffective <
propaganda that is difficult to neutralize
b. kill, destroy 3. to make electrically inert by combining equal positive and negative quantities 4. to invest (as a territory or a nation) with conventional or obligatory neutrality conferring inviolability during a war 5. to make neutral by blending with the complementary color 6. to give (as a pair of phonemes) a nondistinctive form or pronunciation <
\t\ and \d\ are neutralized when pronounced as flaps
intransitive verb to undergo neutralization • neutralizer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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