[ ih-moh-buh-lahyz ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ bəˌlaɪz /
Save This Word!
verb (used with object), im·mo·bi·lized, im·mo·bi·liz·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.
- to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
- to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital).
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Also especially British, im·mo·bi·lise .
OTHER WORDS FROM immobilizeim·mo·bi·li·za·tion, nounim·mo·bi·liz·er, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022
British Dictionary definitions for immobilize
/ (ɪˈməʊbɪˌlaɪz) /
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
Derived forms of immobilizeimmobilization or immobilisation, nounimmobilizer or immobiliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medical definitions for immobilize
[ ĭ-mō′bə-līz′ ]
To render immobile.
To fix the position of a joint or fractured limb, as with a splint or cast.
Other words from immobilizeim•mo′bi•li•za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.