- to make immobile or immovable; fix in place.
- to prevent the use, activity, or movement of: The hurricane immobilized the airlines.
- to deprive of the capacity for mobilization: The troops were immobilized by the enemy.
- Medicine/Medical. to prevent, restrict, or reduce normal movement in (the body, a limb, or a joint), as by a splint, cast, or prescribed bed rest.
- to render (an opponent's strategy) ineffective; stymie.
- to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
- to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital).
Also especially British, im·mo·bi·lise.
Origin of immobilize
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Examples from the Web for immobilize
They made sure to stabilize and immobilize spines and necks before attempting to move a victim.Amazing Grace in the Bronx: Inside the Metro-North Train-Wreck Rescue
December 2, 2013
You immobilize the elevators—think what that would mean in lower and midtown Manhattan alone.Day of the Moron
Henry Beam Piper
The latter clawed and bit with a fury which suggested Togi intended to immobilize that weapon by tearing it to shreds.Storm Over Warlock
Braces and other mechanical appliances intended to immobilize the parts are not of practical benefit in the horse.Lameness of the Horse
John Victor Lacroix
The other part was that he could kill or immobilize anybody in the world—or everybody—from any distance.The Mightiest Man
Certain cases resisting such procedures are best treated with a plaster of Paris cast to immobilize the part for several months.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
- to make or become immobileto immobilize a car
- to remove (specie) from circulation and hold it as a reserve
- to convert (circulating capital) into fixed capital
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Word Origin and History for immobilize
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To render immobile.
- To fix the position of a joint or fractured limb, as with a splint or cast.
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