immobilize

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verb im·mo·bi·lize \ i-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \

Definition of immobilize

transitive verb
:to make immobile: such as
a :to prevent freedom of movement or effective use of
  • the planes were immobilized by bad weather
b :to reduce or eliminate motion of (the body or a part) by mechanical means or by strict bed rest
c :to withhold (money or capital) from circulation

immobilization

play \i-ˌmō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

immobilizer

play \i-ˈmō-bə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of immobilize in a Sentence

  1. Doctors immobilized her wrist by putting it in a cast.

  2. I was immobilized by fear.

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First Known Use of immobilize

1871


IMMOBILIZE Defined for English Language Learners

immobilize

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Definition of immobilize for English Language Learners

  • : to keep (something or someone) from moving or working : to make (something or someone) immobile


IMMOBILIZE Defined for Kids

immobilize

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verb im·mo·bi·lize \ im-ˈō-bə-ˌlīz \

Definition of immobilize for Students

immobilized; immobilizing
:to keep from moving :make immovable The doctor immobilized her wrist.

Medical Dictionary

immobilize

transitive verb im·mo·bi·lize
variants: also British immobilise play \im-ˈō-bə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of immobilize

immobilized also British immobilised; immobilizing also British immobilising
:to make immobile; especially :to fix (as a body part) so as to reduce or eliminate motion usually by means of a cast or splint, by strapping, or by strict bed rest
  • immobilizing a fractured bone by a cast and continuous traction
  • immobilize an injury
  • immobilize all patients with a suspected neck or spine injury

Law Dictionary

immobilize

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transitive verb im·mo·bi·lize \ i-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \

legal Definition of immobilize

immobilized; immobilizing
:to make immobile; specifically :to turn (movable property) into immovable property (as by incorporating it into a building)

immobilization

play \i-ˌmō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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