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immobilize

[ih-moh-buh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), im·mo·bi·lized, im·mo·bi·liz·ing.
  1. to make immobile or immovable; fix in place.
  2. to prevent the use, activity, or movement of: The hurricane immobilized the airlines.
  3. to deprive of the capacity for mobilization: The troops were immobilized by the enemy.
  4. 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.
  5. to render (an opponent's strategy) ineffective; stymie.
  6. Finance.
    1. to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
    2. to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital).
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Also especially British, im·mo·bi·lise.

Origin of immobilize

1870–75; immobile + -ize; see mobilize and compare French immobiliser
Related formsim·mo·bi·li·za·tion, nounim·mo·bi·liz·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The result was to immobilise our artillery during the crucial phase of the action and for days afterwards.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3)

    Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook


British Dictionary definitions for immobilise

immobilize

immobilise

verb (tr)
  1. to make or become immobileto immobilize a car
  2. finance
    1. to remove (specie) from circulation and hold it as a reserve
    2. to convert (circulating capital) into fixed capital
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Derived Formsimmobilization or immobilisation, nounimmobilizer or immobiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for immobilise

immobilize

v.

1843, from immobile + -ize. Cf. French immobiliser (1835). Related: Immobilized; immobilizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

immobilise in Medicine

immobilize

(ĭ-mōbə-līz′)
v.
  1. To render immobile.
  2. To fix the position of a joint or fractured limb, as with a splint or cast.
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Related formsim•mo′bi•li•zation (-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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