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Meaning of NEUTRALIZE

Pronunciation:  'nootru`lIz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution"
  2. [v]  make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of; "Her optimism neutralizes his gloom"; "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"
  3. [v]  make incapable of military action
  4. [v]  make politically neutral and thus inoffensive
  5. [v]  oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
 

NEUTRALIZE is a 10 letter word that starts with N.

 

 Synonyms: counteract, counterbalance, countervail, negate, neutralise, neutralise, nullify
 
 See Also: alter, alter, cancel, change, change, co-opt, demilitarise, demilitarize, offset, override, set off, weaken

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

         So here I am neutralized again.       --Sir W.
                                               Scott.

2. (Chem.) To render inert or imperceptible the peculiar
   affinities of, as a chemical substance; to destroy the
   effect of; as, to neutralize an acid with a base.

3. To destroy the peculiar or opposite dispositions of; to
   reduce to a state of indifference inefficience; to
   counteract; as, to neutralize parties in government; to
   neutralize efforts, opposition, etc.

         Counter citations that neutralize each other. --E.
                                               Everett.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: 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, countervail, cushion, damp, dampen, deaden, defeat, delete, equalize, even, frustrate, invalidate, make up for, negate, negativate, negative, nullify, offset, overcome, override, overrule, redress, show consideration, show mercy, show pity, soften, soften the blow, square, stultify, subdue, suppress, thwart, undo, vitiate, void
 

 

 

 

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