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immobilize

[ ih-moh-buh-lahyz ]
/ 瑟藞mo蕣 b蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), im路mo路bi路lized, im路mo路bi路liz路ing.
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.
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路mo路bi路lise .

Origin of immobilize

1870鈥75; immobile + -ize; see mobilize and compare French immobiliser

OTHER WORDS FROM immobilize

im路mo路bi路li路za路tion, nounim路mo路bi路liz路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for immobilize

immobilize

immobilise

/ (瑟藞m蓹蕣b瑟藢la瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to make or become immobileto immobilize a car
finance
  1. to remove (specie) from circulation and hold it as a reserve
  2. to convert (circulating capital) into fixed capital

Derived forms of immobilize

immobilization or immobilisation, nounimmobilizer or immobiliser, noun
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