Synonym of neutralize

Alternative for neutralize

neutralizes, neutralized, neutralizing

Synonym: counteract, counterbalance, countervail, do in, knock off, liquidate, negate, neutralise, nullify, waste,

Verb

To neutralize or cancel by exerting an opposite and equal force
counteract offset counterbalance counterpoise annul undo balance compensate for countervail invalidate negate negative nullify cancel out cancel correct make up for balance out counterweigh equalise equalize abrogate conquer countercheck counterweight deactivate defeat defuse frustrate make ineffective overcome override overrule redress render ineffective subdue wipe out even up square up be an antidote to compensate redeem equilibrize outweigh even out rescind repeal reverse obviate revoke countermand disannul vacate avoid counter render invalid equipoise render null and void void fix ballast quash contravene abolish rectify square oppose overturn dissolve veto abate null atone for set off strike down annihilate vitiate roll back equilibrate remedy retract cross right amend adjust make good recompense kill recall make restitution for make amends for make amends terminate set aside do away with bring to an end disallow equiponderate disestablish repel atone rule against take back equal out tip the scales antagonize antagonise redress the balance make of no use or value weaken undermine overthrow lessen stabilise halt counterwork reduce stabilize buck respond repudiate work against equate even level match nix unfit impair circumduct X-out blow sky-high disqualify render meaningless indemnify go against set tie collate attune parallel readjust accord charge requite equal counterpose account obliterate pair off come out rebut be equivalent allow for nig zap scratch ax declare null and void confine renig scrub axe torpedo restrict squash limit trash renege cast aside come out even bring to naught call all bets off wash out blue pencil stamp out take out forget it reform repair ease cure harmonize better put right regulate set right make right improve retrieve heal relieve ameliorate resolve sort out settle mend deal with dial back patch up turn over new leaf make restitution pay one's dues put to rights recalibrate make reparation for recompense for restore the balance turn things around revise make reparation harmonise vindicate change level out pay for restore turn around remove ding belie blackball disprove impugn traverse stonewall dump put down break with turn down turn thumbs down fly in the face of neutralise straighten out make better emend fix up set to rights solve put in order alter expiate shape up debug modify doctor help rework reconstruct upgrade remodel revamp clean up refine repay overhaul edit reimburse rewrite redraft red-pencil adapt enhance recondition reconcile set straight fiddle with reward tweak do penance replace pick up advance touch up make up pay appease renew reword retouch launder straighten raise boost reorganise polish reorganize review meliorate remunerate reinforce convert tailor clear up arrange tune propitiate go over emendate transform promote elevate perfect enrich refund rearrange order rejig make over mitigate renovate restitute reshape straighten up reenforce set the record straight clean up act vary fashion remit make good for recast attend to pay the price relinquish see to take care of fine-tune make recompense for make recompense honor a claim redeem oneself make repayment pay the penalty pay back make redress for work on give back save put something to rights return avenge patch go straight do justice forgive absolve excuse purge aid benefit clean up one's act rejuvenate redevelop square things do penance for revitalize revivify comp satisfy answer resurrect overcompensate rebrand redraw remaster pay money to make amends to make reparation to make restitution to recoup become better make improvements to step up apologise apologize revitalise doctor up re-create make redress say sorry absolve oneself take one's medicine appreciate assuage hone amplify forward remediate brush up smarten up fortify strengthen uplift beef up augment build on progress smarten transcend lift excel change for the better improve on increase further rescript customize revolutionize redesign temper affect alternate remould reorientate diversify reshuffle reorient rejigger reconfigure modulate remix make alterations to shuffle rehash become different reorder redo revolutionise mould tamper retool make innovations reconstitute moderate refashion restyle mold make adjustments to warp remake remold regenerate permute morph freshen up translate commute make different tamper with shape accommodate conform calibrate reclaim fit normalize condition prepare treat iron out jigger align coordinate put organize turn maneuver transition make ready handle optimise administer optimize metamorphose act with manoeuvre manage concoct act on work effect process perform on do over pay dues normalise sharpen twiddle quadrate focus troubleshoot sort grade organise tighten suit customise bring into line put in working order tune up tailor-make make conform get with it

Verb

To kill or cause the death of
murder assassinate execute slay dispatch terminate liquidate whack ice croak off snuff get take out do in rub out bump off knock off put away kill waste eliminate slaughter exterminate destroy butcher wipe out top massacre do away with put to death stiff annihilate finish eradicate blow away smoke finish off take the life of snuff out do to death zap end the life of erase hit dispose of scrag mow down cut down fell shoot down polish off wax end cause the death of obliterate shoot decimate down do for cut to pieces put down put to sleep carry off guillotine claim lynch make away with get rid of chill blot out dust off take someone's life grease abolish extirpate hang extinguish put an end to garrotte take garrote cool give someone the works nix terminate with extreme prejudice gun down stretch out take care of deep-six electrocute behead decapitate crucify defeat asphyxiate strangle blast silence smite purge blackball immolate euthanize wipe off the face of the earth put out of its misery stab dust nuke remove discard drop knock someone off cancel put to the sword vaporise vaporize kill in cold blood see the back of stun fry bowstring delete suffocate gas sacrifice kill off wipe off the map root out wipe from the face of the earth send to the chair stone to death send to the gas chamber put before a firing squad send to the gibbet carry out a sentence of death on string up send to the electric chair murk smother garotte do knife take a life blow someone's brains out stop banish quash axe abrogate invalidate ax knock out stamp out put out give something the chop knock something on the head get shot of phase out dispense with drive out cast out put end to neutralise expunge ruin devastate demolish total raze wreck smash desolate pulverize pull down wrack cream tear down put paid to pulverise shatter torpedo undo trash efface clean up black out sweep away level dismantle overcome ravage put a stop to knock down scratch send to the gas chambers overwhelm bring to an end blow to pieces raze to the ground bring down blow to bits blow up crush abate break squash beat break up overthrow benothing rub someone out send to the gallows stone wash out scrub weed out excise ethnically cleanse send to kingdom come mass murder depopulate sterilise exclude drag sterilize spoil clear away take down drag down quell overpower rout worst obscure administer the coup de grâce give the coup de grâce drive to the wall move in for the kill take off best suppress sink crash dynamite mutilate scourge bomb ravish blow sky-high break down explode maraud mess up gut maim spoliate nullify disrupt abort overturn annul flatten check take away upset put the lid on bulldoze crack topple wolf wipe off map dilapidate trounce reduce to ruins tear to pieces disassemble throw down take apart put in toilet gobble up undermine unbuild lift shift budge get off loosen clean

Verb

Cause the downfall or ruin of
undo ruin undermine defeat destroy mar overturn quash subvert wreck shatter spoil sabotage scotch scupper topple upset annihilate cripple crush devastate harm impair smash squelch eradicate mess up obliterate put at risk thwart blow botch cancel out foil frustrate hamper hinder obstruct put an end to make a mess of play havoc with render ineffective foul up abate abolish break cramp craze crimp decimate demolish do for have impoverish injure louse up muck up offset outfox outmanoeuvre outmaneuver outsmart overreach overthrow queer raze skin stymie unbuild vitiate wrack balls up put the kibosh on blow a hole in bring down make waves screw up work against bring to naught throw a spanner in the works of throw a monkey wrench in the works of rain on someone's parade nullify stop block dash negate prevent halt check forestall baffle impede derail bar put a stop to circumvent baulk snooker inhibit fetter hamstring counter hobble arrest balk prohibit hold up annul counteract disappoint stifle banjax curb deter discomfit beat dish contravene debar obviate checkmate restrain outwit stump cancel stand in the way of nip in the bud put the lid on put paid to contradict efface bilk buck extinguish end quell torpedo blight poison reduce to nothing wreak havoc on confront nix crool kill cease bring to an end be the end of render null and void cramp one's style put a brake on hang up overcome dash one's hope give the run around lick forbid upset the applecart preclude conquer muller cruel euchre make of no use or value delay retard handicap encumber trammel shackle oppose restrict interrupt constrain curtail bottleneck clog handcuff manacle embarrass muzzle burden cumber be a hindrance to box in choke shut out hog-tie set back interfere with bork throw a spoke in the wheel of hold back throw a spanner in the works resist short-circuit tie up get in the way slow down interfere crab scuttle invalidate confound suppress repel squash repress nobble repulse rattle parry counterplot blank cross bury put the stopper on put a spoke in someone's wheel put the mockers on cause setback upset one's apple cart get the better of put end to beat down take wind out of sails neutralise damage disfigure ravage deface blemish tarnish trash compromise disrupt flaw hurt endamage mangle put a damper on taint blast total defile maim despoil cross up disable do in weaken desecrate desolate bloody mutilate depress stain incapacitate diminish scar make a hash of sink waste dismantle pulverize debase nuke prejudice pulverise rough up deflate attack subdue lessen threaten reduce deteriorate debilitate afflict bollix break up sully break down enervate dilapidate enfeeble clobber level gut corrupt vaporize distort ruinate cream corrode blot scourge disfeature ravish spoliate shock batter sap ding tweak vaporise knock down tear down pull down scratch cause detriment to bring to ruin make useless be a blot on the landscape take out wrench shake up lay in ruins decay terminate dampen glitch up dispatch lay waste to worsen mess blunt decrease vandalize twist smother eliminate smirch nick besmirch bust flatten pollute overwhelm spike hit bodge handle roughly dump on vandalise do mischief to deplete bend bruise detract warp disarrange disorganize disturb disorder convulse slow unsettle leave in ruins rub out reduce to rubble bring to nothing wreak havoc upon lay waste clean out wipe out leave desolate abort turn upside-down derange destabilize unfit devaluate devalue cheapen disqualify cause confusion in cause turmoil in throw into disarray throw into disorder throw into confusion jeopardize intrude on lose strength harsh darken wound devitalize cloud butcher inconvenience scorch wither touch overshadow bring a note of sadness to cast gloom over cast a gloom upon cast a pall over cast a shadow over be detrimental to jeopardise throw a monkey wrench into put out of action put out of commission do harm to detract from smash up destabilise take the edge off take the shine off lame hack take the enjoyment out of take the pleasure out of lacerate dismember mangulate cut adulterate expurgate cut up censor bowdlerize plunder depredate sack pillage disgrace amputate cut to pieces tear limb from limb hack up bowdlerise hash up tear apart take apart queer someone's pitch fell dynamite crash take explode smite bomb raze to the ground blow to bits blow sky-high blow to pieces blow up maraud elude root traverse upset the apple cart halt in its tracks ditch duck run circles around throw monkey wrench in give the slip shake off give the run-around faze skip run rings around shake disconcert buffalo promote dodge throw a monkey wrench in the works shuffle off juke

Verb

To slow the growth or progress of, or to keep under control
check arrest stop halt inhibit curb bar control delay impede obstruct thwart restrain retard stem foil frustrate limit stall stay suppress bridle hamper hold up neutralise pause prevent rein stifle block catch constrain contain cut short hinder interrupt muffle reduce smother squelch still swallow terminate bottleneck counteract fight back govern hold hold back moderate repress staunch withhold bottle up brake checkmate choke choke back circumvent discourage rebuff regulate repulse tame draw up keep in check rein in slow down bite back fetch up hold down hold in keep a lid on keep back keep under control pull in pull up slacken pace bring to a standstill interfere with nip in the bud put a brake on stand in the way of stem the flow of play for time put a spoke in someone's wheel restrict trammel handicap cramp stymie fetter encumber slow hamstring shackle baulk balk keep hobble clog confine handcuff curtail subdue hog-tie measure manacle embarrass keep the lid on short-circuit rule discontinue forestall put a stop to tie up cumber prohibit cease cut off suspend strangle gag hang up deter oppose put an end to interdict freeze resist cool quit stave off keep a tight rein on intercept end debar bring up head off silence cork baffle detain avert avoid dam ward off bork tie stonewall shut out cripple straiten quiet cork up break off shut off get in the way of shut down get in the way calm preclude throw a spanner in the works of forbid set back derail button up delimit temper fend off disrupt constrict sink lessen drop muzzle submerge hold off postpone quell deaden quash pocket bind decrease throw a monkey wrench in the works of desist circumscribe cap put off obviate forfend rule out compose diminish finish mitigate lay off interfere leave off conceal bring to an end quench break ban keep down forgo can eschew master forbear kill crimp refuse simmer down peg fix chain dampen slow up tranquilize bog down soothe discipline let up decelerate outlaw desist from jam defer shelve close cancel give up divert pacify hem in slacken counter overpower evade leash modulate deny put the brakes on tranquillize abstain hold in check keep within bounds close off put back entangle ward renounce tone down knock off overcome pack in turn aside kick keep at bay settle proscribe keep lid on stanch stamp out steer clear of defeat cramp one's style put a lid on damp abandon mellow collect disturb occlude disallow lull squash hide damp down inconvenience exclude dodge withstand gulp back congest soften stuff scupper extinguish enjoin quieten shut in retardate stop up nullify shush crack down on stunt intermit allay escape pick off tie down shun lock up clog up sidestep ease keep in choke off bung up plug up abjure cool off skirt weigh down cut back clamp down on put an stop to reject break up refrain from cut out come to a standstill give over pull the plug on put on ice call a halt to pack up do without bring to screeching halt soft-pedal keep off defend against keep from abstain from forbear from corner conquer scrub sabotage dissuade determine imprison intern plug adjourn mute capture set affect influence mollify entrap adjust barricade coop up impair bit direct impose limits on set limits on jail gaol sandbag conclude box up keep in line abort fence deflect crab obscure duck mire guide hesitate falter ostracize blockade block up incommode screen bottle rein back cover up loiter shorten abbreviate abridge discommode censor disadvise scare immobilize cut remit keep secret faze make illegal immobilise fill up fill close out belay bung lullaby refrain quelch suffocate burden jam up deprive becalm salve embargo hush bring under control disadvantage pass palliate save die ostracise taboo get the better of clot crack down waive be a hindrance to forswear dissolve pre-empt help bypass qualify repel prorogue turn off stopper mothball shake box in chill estop procrastinate defend talk out of stand still assuage contravene place a limit on lay aside take down back off drown throw cold water on placate dispose forsake relax hold off on lose speed cut down oppress call it quits call a halt put a damper on gum up mark off stop oneself put half nelson on put on hold put on back burner put on the shelf pour cold water on protract come to a stop leave alone hold over appease comfort balm saddle with drag one's feet come to a halt bite one's lip put the kibosh on withhold from push back prevent oneself from swear off restrain oneself from steer clear prevent yourself from count out not give in to stop oneself from make late fight off give a hard time put in cold storage ease up anticipate straitjacket manage tie someone down ruin hang on hold the fort resist attack fight sidetrack brace net enmesh ensnare choke something back cushion relieve come down hard on crush snag hold something in demarcate re-collect act against cross destroy gulp scotch tether monitor keep control of bound left out keep feeling inside oneself enclose trap bring to naught collar discountenance circumnavigate entrammel veto debilitate incarcerate overload boycott blacklist dissuade from rally recover inspect discomfit rattle disfavour disfavor warn indispose frighten deprecate keep on a string put a limit on disconcert spoil prolong park garrote garrotte gain control over gain mastery over prevent from making progress inc charge bother lock in fence in necessitate close in immure concuss shotgun tie one's hands stave retain specify demark prescribe seal caulk elude put on brakes keep a rein on slam on the brakes bring into line cool down disqualify keep from happening define delimitate girdle not allow to go beyond keep within the limits of sideline criminalize louse up set a limit on say goodbye to cut into break into block out close up foul up screw up lag abate keep tight rein on get bogged down put the brakes on take out of play snuff make difficult put at a disadvantage bring an end to drag feet hold captive clip someone's wings put out hush up heap shower shroud blackball except eliminate choke up pack throw a spanner in the works throw a spoke in the wheel of put a ceiling on reef embog arrive buck lay down the law to someone nix spike put straitjacket on throw monkey wrench in put out of commission cramp someone's style place at a disadvantage give disadvantage take out dawdle down loaf bog flag poke resolve reconcile solace make up console tune down keep hold of tamper throttle sever keep within limits block off confuse obturate complicate hold the line declare taboo criminalise trouble conflict override exile draw the line on mince check oneself turn down make it impossible for make impossible make it impracticable for give the thumbs down to declare illegal put the chill on give the red light to say no refuse to pay dam up gibbet gunge up wring shut out of noose squeeze freeze out silt up temperate back-water keep waiting lose steam wind down anchor it tongue-tie ice pigeonhole dispense with harness make impracticable miss stay away from make up for deny yourself shake off break the habit of skip out on get around shrink from shirk stay away get out of restrain from counterbalance skip shy from negate reschedule table hit the brakes let down flaps get there draw to a halt haul up reach a standstill bulwark guard disband prorogate recess monkey with impound hogtie stand let call off axe erode elide undermine dock truncate syncopate decide fight shy of resist the temptation to take the pledge give a wide berth to go on the wagon avoid doing sit out be temperate pass up not touch have nothing to do with not do take the cure jack in bring to a close bring to a halt put aside parry alleviate dummy up dry up shut up get back at reply beat off defend yourself retaliate put up a fight riposte meet halfway cool out play down rescind scrap call bring repeal revoke recall clip take a breather from put on a back burner pin down pull back sit on put away sway lay on the table take a rain check on inactivate put on the back burner hang fire omit put in abeyance file pink-slip keep in abeyance lay over hold in abeyance cover fend enfetter enchain gyve pinion cheat damage weaken compromise condition dictate form shape mould chain up clap secure cuff have on a tight leash stop dead break short leave unfinished stop cold stop short stop in full flow internalize stroke reassure fall scratch cry off ax internalise modify touch alter underlie stand off peter out not move safeguard against secure against protect against shield against seize predispose mold incline work on shepherd directionalize act on rock to sleep take the sting out take it easy chill out settle down quiet down ease off take the edge lay back stand up for guard against skirt round defend oneself against keep at arm's length take impact on exert influence on put in irons clap in irons lick expropriate grab snatch commandeer have an effect on be a factor in act like a wet blanket stop midstream mark down retrench lower economize economise contract slash infringe encroach on tie someone's hands have an impact on attack ambush challenge gentle humble knock it off put in chains cow appropriate interlope confront shortstop accost interpose hijack tackle waylay buttonhole reclaim bust keep under wraps keep inside black out clamp down come down on take severe measures against take stern measures against tighten up on get tough pounce on take on get tough on come down on like a ton of bricks come down heavily on water down get a grip on swoop down on cut in take away forego make off with quit cold cease to indulge in go without lay off of kick the habit kick over head off at pass elapse lapse expire go waver dither stagger vacillate wabble teeter balance wobble scruple limp stumble whiffle wind up dead-end wink out come to an end bring to a stop be over call it a day close down be suspended put a sock in draw to a close be abandoned come to a close blow the whistle on hold at bay put a cork in stem the flow bring to standstill be broken off shilly-shally wiggle-waggle draw to a stand hang back come to rest

Verb

To remove contamination from something, and thus render it safe
decontaminate purify sanitise sanitize sterilise sterilize disinfect clean cleanse fumigate wash depurate disinfest antiseptize neutralise deodorise deodorize clean up make safe make sterile pasteurize antisepticize clarify pasteurise depollute autoclave clear filter refine deterge distil distill desexualize change incapacitate freshen elutriate fine garble neuter sublimate castrate fix emasculate geld alter purge unsex treat strain cauterize detoxify sift launder bathe sieve cauterise spay filtrate clean thoroughly make sanitary make clean make pure vaporize rectify lustrate vaporise rarefy process heat reclaim detoxicate operate on bath legalize bleach sanctify riddle make germ-free sanitate redeem screen legalise circulate fan clean out delouse ventilate smoke deliver free unburden relieve winnow scrub rinse osmose penetrate metastasize permeate scour soak through smoke out air out expurgate depurgate GI restore turn out rinse out boil down trim get to the meat press cut evaporate press out volatilize cook infuse express condense cut to the bone extract squeeze out precipitate steam concentrate cut down boil liquate aerify exculpate remit edulcorate aerate oxygenate chasten absolve expiate atone exonerate rarify get rid of impurities separate reduce refresh griddle sweeten thicken compress bolt air render make clear cool melt down desalt percolate solidify perfume fresh sublime fractionate become clear strengthen leach melt desalinate vaporize and condense evaporate and condense pan part obtain remove impurities from expose get rid of impurities from take out draw out separate out let breathe freshen up open air-condition give air to

Verb

To defy or put up an opposition to
oppose resist defy withstand counter be against combat confront fight contradict take on bar block check counterattack prevent attack contest cross dislike face be anti challenge disagree with dispute fight against hinder object to obstruct thwart battle buck contend with controvert disapprove of gainsay oppugn rebut repel stand up to be hostile to go against struggle against take argue argue against argue with assail assault bombard debate deny disagree disapprove dissent encounter expose gainstay neutralise protest quarrel with reverse take a stand against taunt withstay be in opposition to put up a fight against speak out against strive against face down frown at not countenance search out speak against take issue take issue with be in defiance of call in question run counter to set your face against stand up and be counted against take a stand turn the tables fly in the face of contend contravene negate question face off meet impugn brave refute tackle counteract disobey vie rival reject flout call into question compete rebel against repudiate disaffirm dare protest against disregard disprove query engage clash lock horns traverse outface brazen accost wrangle war differ break object spurn meet head-on beard violate confute refuse repulse cross swords breast outbrave kick against impeach come up against race frustrate cope with quarrel infringe duel doubt negative go up against disconfirm ignore decline disaccord match stave off ward off squabble grapple rebel tangle wrestle grapple with cancel out impede face up to scramble for jockey for position take exception to balk breach stop halt transgress rebuff struggle fend off disavow stand litigate baulk play off refuse to accept restrain traduce affront strive infract altercate overstep refuse to obey fight off curb skirmish feud interfere with dissent from scorn front push square up to complain about criticize discord set at naught cope square up mess with set against pit compete against hold off hold out against play push back deal with compete with be at odds with call one's bluff make my day wage war stand up against beat off put down come face to face with quibble over go for go for broke fly in face of knock beat endure wage war on bear lock horns with confound discredit tolerate work against debunk sustain criticise row inhibit call out stem blast suffer clash with battle with denounce be at odds be at loggerheads fail to agree be at variance be in dispute cancel skirmish with cut slight do battle with disclaim tussle stick provoke bicker strike demur disown zap invalidate address scuffle dismiss waylay conflict antagonize antagonise cock a snook at fracture offend quibble make a nonsense of pettifog nonconcur abjure jostle bandy scrap spat take aside threaten emulate turn down disallow agitate against spar call in jockey tangle with discept venture put up with take up arms against undermine meet head on mock meet eyeball-to-eyeball tell off face with go one-on-one face off against shoot for jump on keep at bay outdare insult encroach trespass shoot down put up an argument brush off demur against go for jugular go for it neglect prove false argue about hang tough have bone to pick fail to observe wonder about vie with hold back demur about stick fast dig your heels in mix it up with cast doubt upon make a stand against go head to head prove to be false set one's face against pay no heed to throw doubt on shoot full of holes go for the gold blow out of the water be at variance with fail to comply with shoot down in flames show to be false go after keep at arm's length square off take one on put up a fight go for the jugular do battle be opposed be an adversary of take up arms grumble about rage against fault unseat grouse about gripe about beef about censure condemn campaign against scrimmage nullify offset take up on be at odds with somebody beg to differ reluct throw down the gauntlet at find fault with contend against enquire be in contention withsay withspeak stonewall countervail come to blows annul mess oppose action explode pit against collide with spare no effort test inquire investigate interrogate falsify sweat be rivals match yourself against counterbalance say the opposite of thumbs down cavil at find lacking engage with slam smear zing trash tar baulk at jar differ from diverge from dissent with dig in one's heels remonstrate betray knock the bottom out of give the lie to drive a coach and horses through deceive belie struggle with get into conflict with be at each other's throats fall out bump heads be in opposition argy-bargy go at it take exception handle have a dispute set as rivals put in opposition come into conflict become involved throw down come to blows with feud with be a dissenter from rally against hold at bay interpose intrude interfere exclude transgress against conflict with offend against urge muster courage laugh at throw down gauntlet bully step over the line knock chip off shoulder run the gauntlet cross swords with backstab carp at pick holes in contemn experience eliminate discuss not see eye to eye gibe despise deride ridicule countenance risk stomach court eyeball swallow end content against go one on one with go eyeball to eyeball with be pitted against be opposed to go toe to toe with come into conflict with brook allow abide think wrong come down on swipe at skin alive cut to shreds cast aspersions upon run down throw the book at pin on stick it to thumb nose at snub make a stand be drawn against submit to be confronted by bit the bullet play against take the bull by the horns brace for call someone's bluff double-cross commit a breach of err contaminate take no notice of meddle trample on sin encroach upon not comply with outrage sacrilege tamper with resolve joust collide match strength try in the hunt match wits run for participate in tilt pit yourself against go up against in contest try to beat bid attempt pitch oneself against seek prize pit oneself against essay fence not support frown on shake one's head have a problem with not believe in treat with contempt hurl defiance at diverge come out against disdain cold-shoulder take issue with somebody two-time fight with renounce stickle battle against kick over the traces set upon launch begin battle with shy divide vary stab in the back vie against tug run join battle refuse to accept the authority of discourage stiff-arm scrap with wage war against wrest with take wind out of sails sell out snout put yourself forward have at make play for push for give all one's got shoot at knock oneself out give one's all nominate yourself mount an attack on enter into combat with fall on express disagreement decline to support say nothing doing express objection not ratify say not a chance say no way break with express disagreement with withhold assent fail to agree with refuse to support knock back keep at a distance chide look right through cut dead tell someone where to get off reprove give the cold shoulder not hear of give someone the brush-off give someone the go-by give the brush pass up rebuke put off freeze out send away put in one's place lash out at suspect bring to an end to put an end to conceal get back at fight back suppress defend contain reply repress control bottle up defend yourself retaliate riposte come to close quarters with parry distrust mistrust give battle to join battle with dig deep dig deeper misdoubt disbelieve stand up for moot examine force back drive away beat back foil drive back answer canvass approach give it one's all misbehave riot insurrect shirk mutiny revolutionize desert revolutionise recalcitrate revolt revolution evade crush canvas detain entertain doubts about have reservations about squelch quash kick stand off turn away deter thrust back cool turn back palter brawl haggle nobble collar set aside refuse to comply not listen go counter to take law into own hands pay no attention to run riot not heed break rules rise in arms not mind be remiss break the rules harbour suspicions about puzzle over cast doubt on feel uneasy about raise objections to have suspicions about raise doubts about express reservations about harbour reservations about have hesitations about express suspicions about cast aspersions on see off drive off put to flight send packing contend over prove wrong tear down weather knock down force off chase away cast aside keep off keep away have words let have it contradict each other set to rip into each other be at sixes and sevens lay into differ with pick a bone dissent against quibble about put up argument show up hammer away at give cold shoulder to brazen out survive show to be wrong argue the pros and cons of blow sky high declare to be untrue prove to be wrong have an argument about pick an argument with bandy words concerning give thumbs down to brace live through ride out bear up against stand firm against prevail against stand fast hang on hold out win out go the distance against stand one's ground sit and take it persevere in the face of not give up hold one's ground hold one's ground against remain firm stand one's ground against take it hold the line against put up struggle stand firm

Verb

Disarm; smooth over
defuse alleviate diminish lessen moderate allay calm contain cool ease lighten reduce relieve settle mitigate smooth stabilise stabilize cripple demilitarise demilitarize mollify neutralise pacify pad placate recover rescue resolve restrain save soften soothe subdue weaken damp down clear the air smooth out take the heat take the edge off smooth over clear up iron out sort out tone down dilute blunt dampen detract from assuage steady take the edge off sth quieten quell quiet down cool off quieten down quiet still control ameliorate subside settle down abate temper palliate decrease dull appease deaden lull attenuate lower relax tranquilize tranquillize cushion compose check damp help suppress extenuate stifle lenify smother modify numb sweeten curb dispel thin calm down cure take the sting out comfort put a damper on throw cold water on pour cold water on let up on quench muffle extinguish sap benumb cauterize dissipate deplete make nice slake mute enfeeble pour oil on dwindle cauterise repress disable debilitate undermine de-escalate cool out water down soft-pedal take the bite out assist aid disburden free facilitate anesthetize anaesthetize chill out take a load off dampen down remit put at rest commute slow excuse hush fix dent downsize drop downscale reduce the force of contract sedate rectify remedy knock down rein pipe down impair modulate cut depress depreciate curtail mellow mend heal sate minimize get control of constrict adulterate shrink deflate devaluate vitiate rarefy offset enervate ebb banish dismiss lay off take pressure off minimise admix qualify eliminate destroy make calm get a grip on hebetate desensitise obtund desensitize revamp adjust transmogrify switch ease off wind down make less intense put the lid on put damper on put to rest drive away square drive off chase away loosen patch up put to rights slacken chill reduce something fine tune make reasonable discourage play up to monkey around with take the bite out of take the sting out of release deter slack silence overcome inhibit blanket limit dash make lighter loose wane fade stamp out brighten cloud salve counteract freeze freshen infrigidate ally die down frost vary punctuate solace succor succour console shift disencumber empty jettison levitate take eradicate remove upraise unload uplight change unburden stop liss interrupt run interference for meliorate promote clear the way make easier speed let up untighten cheer expedite attend to lift nurse forward disengage open the door improve speed up doctor relent further simplify prevent break up put off throw out reduce weight pour out cut down make less bring respite to bring an end to make bearable take load off bring aid to make something bearable bring aid satisfy kill fill surfeit put an end to put a stop to

Antonym of neutralize

neutralize Idiom, Proverb

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