neu·tral·ize /ˈnutrəˌlaɪz, ˈnju-/
neu·tral·ize /ˈn(j)utrəˌlaɪz/ 動詞
Neu·tral·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Neutralized p. pr. & vb. n. Neutralizing ]
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 properties or opposite dispositions of; to reduce to a state of indifference or inefficiency; to counteract; to render ineffective; as, to neutralize parties in government; to neutralize efforts, opposition, etc.
Counter citations that neutralize each other. --E. Everett.
v 1: make politically neutral and thus inoffensive; "The treaty
neutralized the small republic"
2: make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of; "Her
optimism neutralizes his gloom"; "This action will negate
the effect of my efforts" [syn: neutralise, nullify, negate]
3: oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions;
"This will counteract the foolish actions of my
colleagues" [syn: counteract, countervail, counterbalance]
4: get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing; "The
mafia liquidated the informer"; "the double agent was
neutralized" [syn: neutralise, liquidate, waste, knock
off, do in]
5: make incapable of military action [syn: neutralise]
6: make chemically neutral; "She neutralized the solution"