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noun British English pronunciation: neutral /ˈnjuːtrəl/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the position of the gears in a car when the car cannot move

    He sat there with the car in neutral.

  2. 2
    [countable] a neutral colour

    classic suits in neutrals

  3. 3
    [countable] a country or person that is neutral

    For Britain, Switzerland was a useful and friendly neutral.

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