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

Other Words from immobilize

immobilization \ i-​ˌmō-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce immobilize (audio) \ noun
immobilizer \ i-​ˈmō-​bə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce immobilize (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 Little mechanical bugs can shoot right into your skin and immobilize you before killing you, slowly. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 Spiders use their venom to immobilize or kill their prey. Washington Post, 20 July 2021 The chemical itself also emits styrene gas, a neurotoxin, which can immobilize people within minutes of inhalation and can be fatal at high concentrations. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 The chemical itself also emits styrene gas, a neurotoxin, which can immobilize people within minutes of inhalation and can be fatal at high concentrations. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 This combination of hypersensitivity and underdeveloped emotional regulation leads to harsh self-consciousness and self-criticism, which can immobilize many teens. Erica Komisar, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2021 The chemical itself also emits styrene gas, a neurotoxin, which can immobilize people within minutes of inhalation and can be fatal at high concentrations. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 The chemical itself also emits styrene gas, a neurotoxin, which can immobilize people within minutes of inhalation and can be fatal at high concentrations. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 The chemical itself also emits styrene gas, a neurotoxin, which can immobilize people within minutes of inhalation and can be fatal at high concentrations. David Rising, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of immobilize

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Immobilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immobilize. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 immobilize (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

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 immobilize (audio) \ noun

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