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Dictionary definition for: Neutralize

1. (v) make politically neutral and thus inoffensive; "The treaty neutralized the small republic"

2. (v) make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of; "Her optimism neutralizes his gloom" "This action will negate the effect of my efforts"

3. (v) oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions; "This will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues"

4. (v) get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The mafia liquidated the informer" "the double agent was neutralized"

5. (v) make incapable of military action

6. (v) make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution"

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