Definition of fossilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    fossilize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈfɑsəˌlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fossilize
     
    he / she / it fossilizes
     
    past simple fossilized
     
    -ing form fossilizing
     
     
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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 someone or something become, fixed and unable to change or develop
fossilization
 
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NAmE//ˌfɑsələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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