neu|tral1 [ˈnju:trəl US ˈnu:-] adj
1¦(in an argument etc)¦
2¦(in a war)¦
3 on neutral ground/territory
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Early French, from Latin neutralis, from neuter; NEUTER1]
not supporting any of the people or groups involved in an argument or disagreement
I always tried to remain neutral when they started arguing.
Clive decided to adopt a neutral position.
The British government acted as a neutral observer during the talks.
2.) ¦(IN A WAR)¦
a country that is neutral does not support any of the countries involved in a war
During World War II, Sweden was neutral.
neutral territory/waters
(=land or sea that is not controlled by any of the countries involved in a war)
3.) on neutral ground/territory
in a place that is not connected with either of the people, groups, or countries that are involved in a discussion, argument, war, or competition
The talks will be held on neutral ground.
4.) ¦(LANGUAGE)¦
language, words etc that are neutral are deliberately chosen to avoid expressing any strong opinion or feeling
the neutral language of an official news report
if someone says something in a neutral voice, or if they have a neutral expression on their face, they do not show how they are feeling
Bragg said in a neutral voice, 'The investigation has been closed down.'
6.) ¦(COLOUR)¦
a neutral colour is a colour such as grey, light brown, or cream
Neutral tones give the room a feeling of space.
7.) ¦(WIRE)¦
a neutral wire, for example in a ↑plug, has no electrical ↑charge 1(7)
8.) ¦(CHEMICAL)¦
a neutral substance is neither acid nor ↑alkaline
The plant prefers a neutral or slightly acidic soil.
a neutral pH of 7.0
>neutrally adv
neutral 2
neutral2 n
1.) [U]
the position of the ↑gears of a car or machine when no power is being sent from the engine to the wheels or other moving parts
in/into neutral
When you start the engine, make sure the car's in neutral.
Put the car into neutral.
a country, person, or group that is not involved in an argument or disagreement
3.) [C usually plural]
a neutral colour

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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