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

 

transfix

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//trænsˈfɪks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɪks//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they transfix
BrE BrE//trænsˈfɪks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɪks//
 
he / she / it transfixes
BrE BrE//trænsˈfɪksɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɪksɪz//
 
past simple transfixed
BrE BrE//trænsˈfɪkst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɪkst//
 
past participle transfixed
BrE BrE//trænsˈfɪkst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɪkst//
 
-ing form transfixing
BrE BrE//trænsˈfɪksɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//trænsˈfɪksɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] transfix somebody to make somebody unable to move because they are afraid, surprised, etc. synonym paralyse Luisa stood transfixed with shock. Word Origin late 16th cent. (originally meaning to pierce something with a sharp implement or weapon): from Latin transfix- ‘pierced through’, from the verb transfigere, from trans- ‘across’ + figere ‘fix, fasten’.
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