|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|
|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|
"She neutralized the solution"
|Related terms:||change neutralisation|