Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make neutral.
  • transitive v. To counterbalance or counteract the effect of; render ineffective.
  • transitive v. To declare neutral and therefore inviolable during a war.
  • transitive v. Chemistry To make (a solution) neutral.
  • transitive v. Chemistry To cause (an acid or base) to undergo neutralization.
  • transitive v. Medicine To counteract the effect of (a drug or toxin).
  • transitive v. Slang To remove as a threat, especially by killing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Alternative spelling of neutralise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality.
  • transitive v. To render inert or imperceptible the peculiar affinities of, as a chemical substance; to destroy the effect of.
  • transitive v. To destroy the peculiar properties or opposite dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference or inefficiency; to counteract; to render ineffective

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render neutral; reduce to a state of neutrality between different parties Or opinions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

neutral +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A cleverly deceptive euphemism for "kill."

    April 30, 2007