immobilize

verb
im·​mo·​bi·​lize | \i-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \
immobilized; immobilizing; immobilizes

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

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Other Words from immobilize

immobilization \i-​ˌmō-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
immobilizer \i-​ˈmō-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər \ noun

Examples of immobilize in a Sentence

Doctors immobilized her wrist by putting it in a cast. I was immobilized by fear.

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Similarly, when someone is effectively immobilized, their circulatory and respiratory (as well as other!) systems are very rapidly compromised. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mummy of paraplegic child shows how Peru’s Nasca culture treated disability," 25 Sep. 2018 Reserpine injections immobilized rabbits, but no one understood why. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 Reserpine injections immobilized rabbits, but no one understood why. Denise Gellene, New York Times, "Arvid Carlsson, Who Discovered a Treatment for Parkinson’s, Dies at 95," 1 July 2018 The West had been immobilized by the Brezhnev Doctrine, declared after the bloody Soviet suppression of an anticommunist uprising in Czechoslovakia in 1968. Otto Reich, WSJ, "The Day the Evil Empire Retreated," 24 Oct. 2018 The weights, like those used in gyms, were violently dropped onto an arm or leg, which had been immobilized by being held between blocks of cement, prosecutors alleged, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Police say Sicily gangsters crushed limbs in insurance fraud," 9 Aug. 2018 Nearly 86,000 more were restricted from moving freely by a school worker holding the child or by being immobilized by other restraints, such as handcuffs. Washington Post, "A photo emerges and a Va. school system’s use of seclusion comes under scrutiny," 26 May 2018 Wildlife officers found the cub in a tree and immobilized her with a tranquilizer dart. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Colorado wildlife officials rescue bear cub from wildfire, treat severely burnt paws," 30 June 2018 Wildlife officers found the cub in a tree and immobilized her with a tranquilizer dart and took her to a state facility. CBS News, "Orphaned bear cub rescued after paws are scorched in Colorado wildfire," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of immobilize

1871, in the meaning defined above

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immobilize

verb

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 \
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 \
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 \
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 \ noun

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