[syn: neutralize, neutralise]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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 properties or opposite
dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference or
inefficiency; to counteract; to render ineffective; as, to
neutralize parties in government; to neutralize efforts,
Counter citations that neutralize each other. --E.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 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" [syn: neutralize, neutralise,
3: oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This
will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues" [syn:
counteract, countervail, neutralize, counterbalance]
4: get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The
mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was
neutralized" [syn: neutralize, neutralise, liquidate,
waste, knock off, do in]
5: make incapable of military action [syn: neutralize,
6: make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "neutralize":
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