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 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 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.

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He was placed in a restraint device known as The WRAP, a blanket-like device that immobilizes someone while still allowing them to sit up and breathe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA clears cops in five shootings and in-custody death incidents," 30 Aug. 2019 Their role is to bring the shooter to the ground and immobilize his arms and legs until police arrive. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "“I’m as ready as I can be”: Students learn to tackle active shooters," 29 Aug. 2019 In the 19th century, just getting to Greenland’s coast by sea was fraught with enormous risks: Approaching the island, ships would sometimes be immobilized for months, their hulls creaking under the mighty squeeze of pack ice closing in. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Ice at the End of the World’ is melting: Book explores Greenland and the warning it raises for global climate change," 24 July 2019 And there was: Tyronne Williams, 61, immobilized from a stroke and suffering dementia, was found burned to death inside. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Fire department: Hydrants near burning home were down, nobody told us," 16 Sep. 2019 So much of how people are struggling with these issues is under the stress of hatred and fear, and that is immobilizing. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "Rosario Dawson-Produced "The North Pole" Is Ready to Tackle Immigration in New Season 2 Clip," 9 Sep. 2019 Several minutes later with a large brace immobilizing his left knee, Wilson was carted off the field to chants of his name from Kentucky fans. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Mark Stoops: Terry Wilson's injury does not change goals for Kentucky football," 8 Sep. 2019 Seconds into the fight, Weili delivered a punch to Andrade's chin, quickly immobilizing the Brazilian. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Zhang Weili named China's first UFC champion after defeating Jessica Andrade in just 42 seconds," 31 Aug. 2019 For Williams, characterizing depression begins with the fMRI scanner, where her study volunteers lie, heads immobilized, while performing a battery of mental tasks. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019

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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 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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