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

 

immobilize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊbəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊbəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they immobilize
BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊbəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊbəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it immobilizes
BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊbəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊbəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple immobilized
BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊbəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊbəlaɪzd//
 
past participle immobilized
BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊbəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊbəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form immobilizing
BrE BrE//ɪˈməʊbəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmoʊbəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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immobilize something/somebody to prevent something/somebody from moving or from working normally a device to immobilize the car engine in case of theft Always immobilize a broken leg immediately. The firm has been immobilized by a series of strikes. Some snakes inject their prey with poison in order to immobilize it. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from French immobiliser, from immobile, from Latin immobilis, from in- ‘not’ + mobilis, from movere ‘to move’.
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