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."

Definitions of immobilize
  1. verb
    to hold fast or prevent from moving
    synonyms: immobilise, pin, trap
  2. verb
    cause to be unable to move
    “The sudden storm immobilized the traffic”
    synonyms: immobilise
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    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
  3. verb
    make defenseless
    synonyms: immobilise
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  4. verb
    hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
    synonyms: immobilise
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    type of:
    keep back, withhold
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
  5. verb
    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    synonyms: block, freeze, immobilise
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    Antonyms:
    free, release, unblock, unfreeze
    make (assets) available
    type of:
    keep back, withhold
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
  6. verb
    convert (assets) into fixed capital
    synonyms: immobilise
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    type of:
    convert
    change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change
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