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[v] make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution"
[v] make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of; "Her optimism neutralizes his gloom"; "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"
[v] make incapable of military action
[v] make politically neutral and thus inoffensive
[v] oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"

Misc. Definitions

\Neu"tral*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Neutralized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Neutralizing}.] [Cf. F. neutraliser.]
1. To render neutral; to reduce to a state of neutrality. So here I am neutralized again. --Sir W. Scott.
2. (Chem.) To render inert or imperceptible the peculiar affinities of, as a chemical substance; to destroy the effect of; as, to neutralize an acid with a base.
3. To destroy the peculiar or opposite dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference inefficience; to counteract; as, to neutralize parties in government; to neutralize efforts, opposition, etc. Counter citations that neutralize each other. --E. Everett.

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