transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to declare (a territory, nation, etc.) neutral in war; declare open to all nations under international law and exempt from attack
- to make ineffective; destroy or counteract the effectiveness, force, disposition, etc. of
- Chem. to destroy the distinctive or active properties of: an alkali neutralizes an acid
- Elec. to make electrically neutral
Origin of neutralizeFrench neutraliser
transitive verbneu·tral·ized, neu·tral·iz·ing, neu·tral·iz·es
- To make neutral.
- To counterbalance or counteract the effect of; render ineffective.
- To declare neutral and therefore inviolable during a war.
- Chemistry a. To make (a solution) neutral.b. To cause (an acid or base) to undergo neutralization.
- Medicine To counteract the effect of (a drug or toxin).
- Slang To remove as a threat, especially by killing.
(third-person singular simple present neutralizes, present participle neutralizing, simple past and past participle neutralized)
- (American) Alternative spelling of neutralise.
neutral +"Ž -ize