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

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 In the meantime, the researchers attached tiny sensors above the flexor muscles in the volunteers’ immobilized wrists to measure any contractions there. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Broke Your Right Arm? Exercise Your Left. It May Help, Really.," 16 May 2018 State troopers performed two PIT maneuvers to forcibly immobilize the speeding black Nissan Altima, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "High-speed chase ends in crash on Downtown Connector," 18 May 2018 Install software that searches for and immobilizes viruses, malware and other harmful programs. Joyce M. Rosenberg, USA TODAY, "Small businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks, then don't act, new survey finds," 18 June 2018 These devious little specimens deliver a rapid one-two punch to their victims: first, an immobilizing paralytic to the abdomen, then a second sting into its neck that targets the roach brain. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in Ant-Man and the Wasp," 22 Mar. 2018 But this tick somehow fell into a spider web, and the resident spider promptly straitjacketed its arachnid cousin in loops of silk, either to save it as a snack or to immobilize it as a precaution. National Geographic, "Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk Found Trapped in Amber—A First," 25 May 2018 Shock waves from the explosions rupture the fishes' swim bladders, immobilizing the fish and causing some to float to the surface. Katherine Kornei, Scientific American, "Gunshot Sensors Pinpoint Destructive “Fish Bombs”," 18 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'immobilize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of immobilize

1871, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about immobilize

Share immobilize

Statistics for immobilize

Last Updated

8 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for immobilize

The first known use of immobilize was in 1871

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for immobilize

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on immobilize

What made you want to look up immobilize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!