- 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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- 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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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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