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English verb: neutralize

1. neutralize (social) make politically neutral and thus inoffensive


SamplesThe treaty neutralized the small republic.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)co-opt

2. neutralize (change) make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of


SamplesHer optimism neutralizes his gloom.
This action will negate the effect of my efforts.


Synonymsnegate, neutralise, nullify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)weaken

3. neutralize (social) oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions


SamplesThis will counteract the foolish actions of my colleagues.


Synonymscounteract, counterbalance, countervail


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cancel, offset, set off


Narrower (hyponym)override

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


SamplesThe mafia liquidated the informer.
The double agent was neutralized.


Synonymsdo in, knock off, liquidate, neutralise, waste


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)kill

5. neutralize (competition) make incapable of military action


Synonymsneutralise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)demilitarise, demilitarize

6. neutralize (change) make chemically neutral


SamplesShe neutralized the solution.


Synonymsneutralise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify









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