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Definition of 'neutralize'


  1. make politically neutral and thus inoffensive; "The treaty neutralized the small republic"
  2. make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of; "Her optimism neutralizes his gloom"; "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"
       Synonyms: neutralise nullify negate
  3. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"
       Synonyms: counteract countervail counterbalance
  4. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was neutralized"
       Synonyms: neutralise liquidate waste knock off do in
  5. make incapable of military action
       Synonyms: neutralise
  6. make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution"
       Synonyms: neutralise

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