Definitions for: Neutralize

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

Webster (1913) 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.

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.

Synonyms: counteract, counterbalance, countervail, negate, neutralise, neutralise, nullify

See Also: alter, alter, cancel, change, change, co-opt, demilitarise, demilitarize, offset, override, set off, weaken

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