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

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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 In March, Phoenix approved an ordinance that imposes a $600 fine and allows police to impound or immobilize for 30 days any vehicle found in violation of the street racing or reckless driving statutes. The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 Zhenjian Lin, a biochemist at the University of Utah, thinks the worm hunters might use their venom in multiple ways, first to attract, then to immobilize. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2021 Stun guns -- less lethal use-of-force electroshock weapons that use up to 50,000 volts of electricity to temporarily incapacitate and immobilize targets -- are widely used by police departments around the country. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 16 Apr. 2021 In a blog post on Friday, WSDA announced that entomologists gathered to split open the log, which had been kept in a walk-in cooler to immobilize any hornets that were still alive. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 1 Nov. 2020 When a player suffers a possible spine/neck injury, the medical staff wants to immobilize the player while also leaving the player’s helmet in place. Dallas News, 12 Oct. 2020 Antigen tests, which immobilize antibodies on a test strip, promise an even greater speedup. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 3 Aug. 2020 The George Floyd protests in Cincinnati saw police officers immobilize a loud but unarmed protester with a stun gun, spray chemical irritant on a marcher whose hands were raised and shoot a fleeing demonstrator with a pepper ball. Deon J. Hampton, Cincinnati.com, 12 June 2020 The Los Angeles Police Commission followed up the bar-arm ban weeks later by restricting the carotid chokehold, designed to immobilize a suspect by blocking the neck artery and, by extension, the flow of blood to the brain. NBC News, 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of immobilize

1871, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2021

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“Immobilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immobilize. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 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

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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 immobilize (audio) \ noun

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