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neutralize

verb [T] uk (UK usually neutralise)   /ˈnjuː.trə.laɪz/ us    /ˈnuː-/

neutralize verb [T] (STOP EFFECT)

to stop something from having an effect: to neutralize an acid/odour The aerial bombardments have neutralized the threat of artillery attacks on allied ground forces.

neutralize verb [T] (CHEMISTRY/ELECTRICITY)

to make something neutral: Acidity in soil can be neutralized by spreading lime on it.
neutralization
noun [U] uk (UK also neutralisation)   /ˌnjuː.trə.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌnuː.trə.ləˈ-/
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