neutralize

  • 1 Neutralize — Neu tral*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Neutralized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Neutralizing}.] [Cf. F. neutraliser.] 1. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality. [1913 Webster] So here I am neutralized again. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 neutralize — neutralize, counteract, negative are comparable when they mean to make something inoperative or ineffective usually by means of an opposite force, influence, or effect. Neutralize implies an equalizing, making ineffectual or inoperative, or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 neutralize — I verb annul, balance, cancel, cancel out, counterbalance, counterpoise, countervail, deactivate, deaden, demagnetize, destroy the effect of, disable, disenable, equalize, incapacitate, invalidate, make ineffective, negate, nullify, offset,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 neutralize — (v.) 1734, to render neutral (in a chemical sense), from Fr. neutraliser (17c.), from neutral (see NEUTRAL (Cf. neutral) (adj.)). Meaning to counterbalance, to kill by opposing is from 1795. Related: Neutralized; neutralizing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 neutralize — (Amer.) neu·tral·ize || nuːtrÉ™laɪz / njuː v. make neutral; counteract; take out of action; become neutral; (Physics) render without charge; (Chemistry) cause a solution to become neither acidic nor alkaline (also neutralise) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 6 neutralize — [v] counteract abrogate, annul, balance, cancel, compensate for, conquer, counterbalance, countercheck, counterpoise, countervail, defeat, frustrate, invalidate, negate, negative, nullify, offset, overcome, override, overrule, redress, subdue,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 neutralize — (also neutralise) ► VERB 1) make ineffective by applying an opposite force or effect. 2) make chemically neutral. 3) disarm (a bomb). 4) euphemistic kill or destroy. DERIVATIVES neutralization noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 neutralize — [no͞o′trə līz΄, nyo͞o′trə līz΄] vt. neutralized, neutralizing [Fr neutraliser] 1. to declare (a territory, nation, etc.) neutral in war; declare open to all nations under international law and exempt from attack 2. to make ineffective; destroy or …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 neutralize — neutralizer, n. /nooh treuh luyz , nyooh /, v., neutralized, neutralizing. v.t. 1. to make neutral; cause to undergo neutralization. 2. to make (something) ineffective; counteract; nullify: carelessness that neutralized our efforts. 3. Mil. to… …

    Universalium

  • 10 neutralize — [[t]nju͟ːtrəlaɪz, AM nu͟ːt [/t]] neutralizes, neutralizing, neutralized (in BRIT, also use neutralise) 1) VERB To neutralize something means to prevent it from having any effect or from working properly. [V n] The US is trying to neutralize the… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 neutralize — UK [ˈnjuːtrəlaɪz] / US [ˈnutrəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms neutralize : present tense I/you/we/they neutralize he/she/it neutralizes present participle neutralizing past tense neutralized past participle neutralized 1) to stop something… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 neutralize — 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 neutralize — (BrE also ise) verb ADVERB ▪ effectively ▪ This strategy effectively neutralized what the party had hoped would be a vote winner. PREPOSITION ▪ with ▪ Discarded acid should be neutraliz …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 neutralize — neu|tral|ize also neutralise BrE [ˈnju:trəlaız US ˈnu: ] v [T] 1.) to prevent something from having any effect ▪ Rising prices neutralize increased wages. 2.) technical to make a substance chemically ↑neutral ▪ a medicine that neutralizes the… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 neutralize — also ise BrE verb (T) 1 to prevent something from having any effect: Rising prices tend to neutralize increased wages. 2 technical to make a substance chemically neutral: a medicine that neutralizes the acid in the stomach 3 to make a country or… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 neutralize — 1. As pertains to military operations, to render ineffective or unusable. 2. To render enemy personnel or material incapable of interfering with a particular operation. 3. To render safe mines, bombs, missiles, and boobytraps. 4. To make harmless …

    Military dictionary

  • 17 neutralize — To effect neutralization. * * * neu·tral·ize also Brit neu·tral·ise n(y)ü trə .līz vb, ized also Brit ised; iz·ing also Brit is·ing vt 1) to make chemically neutral 2 a) to counteract the activity or effect of: make in …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 neutralize — Synonyms and related words: abrogate, absorb the shock, annul, balance, break the fall, bring to nothing, buffer, cancel, cancel out, come to nothing, compensate, compensate for, conquer, counteract, counterbalance, countercheck, counterpoise,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 neutralize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. nullify, cancel; offset, negate, counterbalance; destroy, defeat, overpower. See compensation, nullification. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. counterbalance, counterpoise, compensate; see offset . III… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 neutralize — neu|tral|ize [ nutrə,laız ] verb transitive 1. ) to stop something from having any effect: a policy of neutralizing possible conflicts before they arise 2. ) to destroy something such as a bomb or military TARGET 3. ) SCIENCE if a chemical… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English