neutralizer

neutralize

[noo-truh-lahyz, nyoo-]
verb (used with object), neutralized, neutralizing.
1.
to make neutral; cause to undergo neutralization.
2.
to make (something) ineffective; counteract; nullify: carelessness that neutralized our efforts.
3.
Military. to put out of action or make incapable of action: to neutralize an enemy position.
4.
to declare neutral; invest with neutrality in order to exempt from involvement during a war: to neutralize a city to prevent bombing.
5.
to add an acid to a basic solution or a base to an acidic solution until the resulting solution is chemically neutral (pH = 7).
6.
Electricity. to render electrically or magnetically neutral.
verb (used without object), neutralized, neutralizing.
7.
to become neutral or neutralized; undergo neutralization: With this additive the solution begins to neutralize.
Also, especially British, neutralise.


Origin:
1655–65; neutral + -ize

neutralizer, noun
overneutralize, verb (used with object), overneutralized, overneutralizing.
overneutralizer, noun
reneutralize, verb, reneutralized, reneutralizing.
unneutralize, verb (used with object), unneutralized, unneutralizing.
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neutralize or neutralise (ˈnjuːtrəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (also intr) to render or become ineffective or neutral by counteracting, mixing, etc; nullify
2.  (also intr) to make or become electrically or chemically neutral
3.  to exclude (a country) from the sphere of warfare or alliances by international agreement: the great powers neutralized Belgium in the 19th century
4.  to render (an army) incapable of further military action
 
neutralise or neutralise
 
vb
 
neutrali'zation or neutralise
 
n
 
neutrali'sation or neutralise
 
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'neutralizer or neutralise
 
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'neutraliser or neutralise
 
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neutralize
1759, "to render neutral" (in a chemical sense), from Fr. neutraliser, from neutral (see neutral). Meaning "to counterbalance, to kill by opposing" is from 1795.
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neutralize   (n'trə-līz')  Pronunciation Key 
To cause an acidic solution to become neutral by adding a base to it or to cause a basic solution to become neutral by adding an acid to it. Salt and water are usually formed in the process.
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