UK [ˈnjuːtrəlaɪz] / US [ˈnutrəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive]
Word forms "neutralize":
present tense I/you/we/they neutralize he/she/it neutralizes present participle neutralizing past tense neutralized past participle neutralized
1) to stop something from having any effect

a policy of neutralizing possible conflicts before they arise

2) chemistry if a chemical neutralizes a substance, it makes it neither an acid nor a base
3) to destroy something such as a bomb or military target

Derived word:
UK [ˌnjuːtrəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌnutrəlɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable

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