American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make neutral.
- v. To counterbalance or counteract the effect of; render ineffective.
- v. To declare neutral and therefore inviolable during a war.
- v. Chemistry To make (a solution) neutral.
- v. Chemistry To cause (an acid or base) to undergo neutralization.
- v. Medicine To counteract the effect of (a drug or toxin).
- v. Slang To remove as a threat, especially by killing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render neutral; reduce to a state of neutrality between different parties Or opinions. Specifically— To bestow by convention a neutral character upon (states, persons, and things Which would or might otherwise bear a belligerent character); declare non-belligerent, To prohibit hostilities within the limits of, as territory or waters.
- In chem., to destroy or render inert or imperceptible the peculiar properties of, by chemical combination. See neutralization, 1.
- To render inoperative; invalidate; nullify; counterbalance: as, to neutralize opposition.
- Also spelled neutralise. Synonyms Annul, Nullify, Annihilate, Neutralize. These words agree in meaning the bringing of a thing to nothing, causing it to cense to be absolutely, or us to some special relation. Annul represents an official or authoritative act: as, to
annulan edict. (See abolish.) Nullify, to render invalid or of no avail, is more general and less often official: a law may be illegally nullified by inert resistance. To annihilate is to reduce to nothing, and should be used only where absolute putting out of existence is meant; such expressions as “his army was literally annihilated” are manifestly improper; “his army was annihilated” would be proper by strong hyperbole, if the army was so broken up that no parts of it were ever gathered together again. To neutralize is to bring to nothing in respect to some special relation, or to render inoperative or inefficacious in respect to certain other agencies or forces, by a contrary or counter balancing force: as, to neutralizean acid; his efforts were neutralized by the influence of his opponent. That which is neutralized would naturally have force in itself; hence we should not speak of neutralizing a law or a command.
- In motor-racing, to give a neutral character to (a town or to a specified part of a road), that is, to arrange that the time used in passing through or over it is not to be counted in the race.
- v. American alternative spelling of neutralise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality.
- v. (Chem.) To render inert or imperceptible the peculiar affinities of, as a chemical substance; to destroy the effect of.
- v. To destroy the peculiar properties or opposite dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference or inefficiency; to counteract; to render ineffective
- v. get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
- v. make politically neutral and thus inoffensive
- v. make chemically neutral
- v. make incapable of military action
- v. make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
- v. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
- neutral + -ize (Wiktionary)
“The freedom of the press should be thus far restricted; so that when a man publicly proclaims through the far-sounding trumpet of the newspaper, he should be answerable for it, at any rate with his honor, if he has any; and if he has none, let his name neutralize the effect of his words.”
“(However, while ominous in tone, the term "neutralize" -- as used by government agents -- was never really defined.)”
“Are we really going to stay in Iraq until we "neutralize" -- i.e. blow to pieces or imprison in Abu Ghraib -- every Iraqi who isn't keen on our notion of a unified, multi-sectarian, pro American, pro Western, anti-Islamist Iraq?”
“Tense talks over U.S. plans to build a defense shield in Eastern Europe, with Russia now vowing to "neutralize" -- "neutralize" -- the proposed system.”
“It was during the Phoenix Program that the word "neutralize" -- meaning assassinate -- originated as part of the vocabulary of the U.S. military and intelligence operations.”
“The same firm was also proposing, for Bank of America, a plot to destroy Wikileaks, and to "neutralize" constitutional scholar Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com.”
“Turkish leaders are convinced that the only strategy that could 'neutralize' Iran's nuclear weapons potential is comprehensive negotiations with Iran (as Tehran proposed in April 2003) that would cover all manner of security issues of concern to Iran, the US, and regional parties.”
“He said a better tactic would be to post snipers who could "neutralize" those disrupting the landing.”
“He said a better tactic would have been to post snipers to "neutralize" those disrupting the landing.”
“The plan was for coup leader, Cuban Army Commander Juan Almeida, to "neutralize" the Russians in Cuba with the help of US forces that were to enter the country, to help him take over the country and become its president.”
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