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Definition of fossilize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fossilize

     verb
    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒsəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsəlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fossilize
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒsəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it fossilizes
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒsəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple fossilized
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒsəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle fossilized
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒsəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form fossilizing
    BrE BrE//ˈfɒsəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive, intransitive] fossilize (something) to become or make something become a fossil fossilized bones
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] fossilize (somebody/something) (disapproving) to become, or make somebody/something become, fixed and unable to change or develop
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fossilize