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.
Recent Examples on the Web As its forefeet touched ground, the catcher slapped down the net, trapping the dog, then lifted and twisted the net so the dog was quickly immobilized and stopped trying to escape. James Gorman, New York Times, "Rabies Kills Tens of Thousands Yearly. Vaccinating Dogs Could Stop It.," 22 July 2019 Willekes’ bedroom was in the attic and required climbing two flights of stairs; Willekes did it with his broken leg still immobilized. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "To understand Kenny Willekes' rise at MSU, start with his broken leg," 21 July 2019 Officials say Jones fled the area on foot after the crash as his car was immobilized. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Man arrested in connection to double hit-and-run that killed 2 in Phoenix," 15 July 2019 The hit left Green immobilized on his back for close to 10 minutes. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Wiley Green injured in Rice's loss to Wake Forest," 6 Sep. 2019 That carmakers add an anti-roll-away feature to immobilize a car if a driver exits it, but leaves it in gear. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "His keyless car killed him while he slept. New legislation could save others," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of immobilize

1871, in the meaning defined above

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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of immobilize was in 1871

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immobilize

verb
How to pronounce immobilize (audio)

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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