Neutralize



[noo-truh-lahyz, nyoo-] /ˈnu trəˌlaɪz, ˈnyu-/

verb (used with object), neutralized, neutralizing.
1.
to make ; cause to undergo .
2.
to make (something) ineffective; counteract; nullify:
carelessness that neutralized our efforts.
3.
Military. to put out of action or make incapable of action:
to neutralize an enemy position.
4.
to declare ; invest with in order to exempt from involvement during a war:
to neutralize a city to prevent bombing.
5.
to add an acid to a basic solution or a base to an acidic solution until the resulting solution is chemically (pH = 7).
6.
Electricity. to render electrically or magnetically .
verb (used without object), neutralized, neutralizing.
7.
to become or neutralized; undergo :
With this additive the solution begins to neutralize.
/ˈnjuːtrəˌlaɪz/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to render or become ineffective or neutral by counteracting, mixing, etc; nullify
2.
(also intransitive) to make or become electrically or chemically neutral
3.
to exclude (a country) from the sphere of warfare or alliances by international agreement: the great powers neutralized Belgium in the 19th century
4.
to render (an army) incapable of further military action
v.

1734, “to render neutral” (in a chemical sense), from French neutraliser (17c.), from neutral (see neutral (adj.)). Meaning “to counterbalance, to kill by opposing” is from 1795. Related: Neutralized; neutralizing.
neutralize
(n’trə-līz’)
To cause an acidic solution to become neutral by adding a base to it or to cause a basic solution to become neutral by adding an acid to it. Salt and water are usually formed in the process.

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