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3 definitions found
 for neutralize
From 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.
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              So here I am neutralized again.       --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     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.
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     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,
        opposition, etc.
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              Counter citations that neutralize each other. --E.
                                                    Everett.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  neutralize
      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,
         nullify, negate]
      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,
         neutralise]
      6: make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution" [syn:
         neutralize, neutralise]

From 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
  
  

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