neutralize

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From French neutraliser. Surface etymology is neutral +‎ -ize.

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neutralize (third-person singular simple present neutralizes, present participle neutralizing, simple past and past participle neutralized)

  1. (transitive) To make even, inactive or ineffective.
    The antidote neutralised the toxin.
  2. (transitive) To make (a territory, etc.) politically neutral.
    • 1965, United States. Congress. Senate, Hearings (volume 1, page 77)
  3. (transitive, chemistry) To make (an acidic or alkaline substance) chemically neutral.
    • All the powers involved are committed not only to stay out of a given territory, but also to reenter it if any one of them violates the independence of the neutralized country.
  4. (transitive, military, euphemistic) To kill.

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neutralize

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of neutralizar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of neutralizar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of neutralizar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of neutralizar