neutralize

When you neutralize something, you make it harmless or ineffective — usually by applying its opposite force, like pouring water on a fire.

The world neutral was first used to describe a country that doesn’t take sides in a war, like Switzerland. There’s something kind of noble about a country that doesn’t participate in war by choice, but when we say something has been neutralized — that usually means that its power has been taken away from the outside.

Definitions of neutralize
1

v make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

“Her optimism neutralizes his gloom”
Synonyms:
negate, neutralise, nullify
Type of:
weaken
lessen the strength of

v oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

Synonyms:
counteract, counterbalance, countervail
Types:
override
counteract the normal operation of (an automatic gear shift in a vehicle)
Type of:
cancel, offset, set off
make up for

v make incapable of military action

Synonyms:
neutralise
Type of:
demilitarise, demilitarize
do away with the military organization and potential of

v make politically neutral and thus inoffensive

“The treaty neutralized the small republic”
Types:
co-opt
neutralize or win over through assimilation into an established group
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make chemically neutral

“She neutralized the solution”
Synonyms:
neutralise
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

“the double agent was neutralized
Synonyms:
do in, knock off, liquidate, neutralise, waste
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

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