1. make politically neutral and thus inoffensive

- The treaty neutralized the small republic

Definition categories: social, alter, change, modify

2. make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

- Her optimism neutralizes his gloom

Similar word(s): negate, neutralise, nullify

Definition categories: change, weaken

3. oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions

Similar word(s): counteract, counterbalance, countervail

Definition categories: social, cancel, offset

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

- the double agent was neutralized

Similar word(s): liquidate, neutralise, waste

Definition categories: contact, kill

5. make incapable of military action

Similar word(s): neutralise

Definition categories: competition, demilitarise, demilitarize

6. make chemically neutral

- She neutralized the solution

Similar word(s): neutralise

Definition categories: change, alter, modify