immobilize

verb
im·​mo·​bi·​lize | \ i-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce immobilize (audio) \
immobilized; immobilizing; immobilizes

Definition of immobilize

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from immobilize

immobilization \ i-​ˌmō-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce immobilization (audio) \ noun
immobilizer \ i-​ˈmō-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce immobilizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of immobilize in a Sentence

Doctors immobilized her wrist by putting it in a cast. I was immobilized by fear.
Recent Examples on the Web In a blog post on Friday, WSDA announced that entomologists gathered to split open the log, which had been kept in a walk-in cooler to immobilize any hornets that were still alive. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Washington state captures two murder hornet queens alive, days after destroying first known nest," 1 Nov. 2020 When a player suffers a possible spine/neck injury, the medical staff wants to immobilize the player while also leaving the player’s helmet in place. Dallas News, "After Dak Prescott went down came three terms you never want to hear in sideline reports," 12 Oct. 2020 Antigen tests, which immobilize antibodies on a test strip, promise an even greater speedup. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Radical shift in COVID-19 testing strategy needed to reopen schools and businesses, researchers say," 3 Aug. 2020 The George Floyd protests in Cincinnati saw police officers immobilize a loud but unarmed protester with a stun gun, spray chemical irritant on a marcher whose hands were raised and shoot a fleeing demonstrator with a pepper ball. Deon J. Hampton, Cincinnati.com, "Questions grow about police actions, tactics during Cincinnati protests," 12 June 2020 The Los Angeles Police Commission followed up the bar-arm ban weeks later by restricting the carotid chokehold, designed to immobilize a suspect by blocking the neck artery and, by extension, the flow of blood to the brain. NBC News, "Virginia has the most Confederate memorials in the country, but that might change," 10 June 2020 Chokeholds of the kind used to immobilize, and ultimately kill, Floyd are forbidden in much of Europe. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "What the World Could Teach America About Policing," 10 June 2020 As the crowd thickened, trams sat immobilized on the rails, with passengers poking their phones out to film the activity. Austin Ramzy, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters resist China’s grip," 24 May 2020 But this immobilizes other parts of their body and leads to widespread weakness. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "Life After Ventilators Can Be Hell for Coronavirus Survivors," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of immobilize

1871, in the meaning defined above

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4 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Immobilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immobilize. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for immobilize

immobilize

verb
How to pronounce immobilize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of immobilize

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

immobilize

verb
im·​mo·​bi·​lize | \ im-ˈō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce immobilize (audio) \
immobilized; immobilizing

Kids Definition of immobilize

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

immobilize

transitive verb
im·​mo·​bi·​lize
variants: also British immobilise \ im-​ˈō-​bə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce immobilise (audio) \
immobilized also British immobilised; immobilizing also British immobilising

Medical Definition of immobilize

: 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

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immobilize

transitive verb
im·​mo·​bi·​lize | \ i-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce immobilize (audio) \
immobilized; immobilizing

Legal Definition of immobilize

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

Other Words from immobilize

immobilization \ i-​ˌmō-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce immobilization (audio) \ noun

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