1. [ verb ] make politically neutral and thus inoffensive

"The treaty neutralized the small republic"

Related terms: change co-opt neutralization
2. [ verb ] make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
Synonyms: negate neutralise nullify

"Her optimism neutralizes his gloom" "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"

Related terms: weaken nullification
3. [ verb ] oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
Synonyms: counteract counterbalance countervail

"This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"

Related terms: cancel override counterbalance
4. [ verb ] (military) make incapable of military action
Synonyms: neutralise
Related terms: demilitarize neutralization
5. [ verb ] get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
Synonyms: knock_off liquidate do_in neutralise waste

"The mafia liquidated the informer" "the double agent was neutralized"

Related terms: kill elimination
6. [ verb ] (chemistry) make chemically neutral
Synonyms: neutralise

"She neutralized the solution"

Related terms: change neutralisation
Similar spelling:   neutralized