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Definition of "immobilize" [im•mob•i•lize]

  • To render immobile. (verb-transitive)
  • To fix the position of (a joint or fractured limb), as with a splint or cast. (verb-transitive)
  • To impede movement or use of: Severe weather immobilized the rescue team. (verb-transitive)
  • Economics To withdraw (specie) from circulation and reserve as security for other money. (verb-transitive)
  • Economics To convert (floating capital) into fixed capital. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "immobilize" in a sentence
  • "In a case that is partially reflective of a recent Canadian court action, Bryan Griffin said he once even had to "immobilize" his arm after it had - of its own volition - tried to down the plane he was flying."
  • ""immobilize" the panels so that no power is produced."
  • "Undo the habits in any way: mess with them; short-circuit, distract, immobilize their predictability; mobilize their strength; and utilize their potential for change."