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English verb: neutralise

1. neutralise (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, neutralize, waste

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

2. neutralise (competition) make incapable of military action


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)demilitarise, demilitarize

3. neutralise (change) make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of

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

Synonymsnegate, neutralize, nullify

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

Broader (hypernym)weaken

4. neutralise (change) make chemically neutral

SamplesShe neutralized the solution.


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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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