immobilize

To immobilize something is to make it impossible for it to move. You can immobilize a battery-operated toy by taking the battery out.

You could immobilize your brother's car by letting the air out of his tires, or immobilize your little sister by making her so scared of an imaginary monster in the bathroom that she can't move a muscle. In both examples, someone or something is prevented from moving. To immobilize is to make immobile, or motionless, from the Latin root immobilis, which means both "immovable," and also "hard-hearted."

Primary Meanings of immobilize

1.
v
to hold fast or prevent from moving
2.
v
hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
Full Definitions of immobilize
1

v to hold fast or prevent from moving

Synonyms:
immobilise, pin, trap

v cause to be unable to move

“The sudden storm immobilized the traffic”
Synonyms:
immobilise
Types:
paralyse, paralyze
cause to be paralyzed and immobile
stun, stupefy
make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow
palsy
affect with palsy
Type of:
curb, curtail, cut back, restrict
place restrictions on

v make defenseless

Synonyms:
immobilise
Type of:
beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
2

v hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital

Synonyms:
immobilise
Type of:
keep back, withhold
hold back; refuse to hand over or share

v prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)

Synonyms:
block, freeze, immobilise
Antonyms:
free, release, unblock, unfreeze
make (assets) available
Type of:
keep back, withhold
hold back; refuse to hand over or share

v convert (assets) into fixed capital

Synonyms:
immobilise
Type of:
convert
change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change

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