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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Cyber attacks immobilized some of the city's systems almost two months ago, WBAL reported, but services such as water billing are still offline. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Baltimore won't pay hackers' ransom, sets aside $10M in emergency funding to recover from cyberattack," 27 June 2019 Normally, players are immobilized for at least a month before beginning physical therapy. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Kevin Durant officially becomes a free agent," 26 June 2019 Guard from Above, a company in The Hague, Holland, trains bald eagles to hunt down and immobilize drones. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "The Next Big Privacy Concern Is Up in the Air," 20 June 2019 Today, the most obvious enemy of meaningful action on climate change is the fossil fuel industry, which has emphasized the complexity of the Earth’s climate in order to divide the public and immobilize our politics. Michelle Nijhuis, The New York Review of Books, "Early Warnings," 17 June 2019 This is essentially a masterclass in acting from Bichir, cast as a wealthy businessman immobilized by the debris who communicates with a security guard (Héctor Bonilla) nearby. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Before watching Demián Bichir's new show 'Grand Hotel,' make sure you see these 5 films," 11 June 2019 Lucrécia’s immobilized smile was passing through the clouds . . . Benjamin Moser, Harper's magazine, "The Indirect World," 10 Apr. 2019 The bear was chemically immobilized and taken to a wooded, rural area. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Young black bear tranquilized after roaming outside Auburn schools," 31 May 2018 When that limb is immobilized, its muscles will atrophy, losing size and strength, a process that begins within days or even hours of an injury. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "Broke Your Right Arm? Exercise Your Left. It May Help, Really.," 16 May 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 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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