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Definition of petrify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    petrify

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈpɛtrəˌfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they petrify
     
    he / she / it petrifies
     
    past simple petrified
     
    -ing form petrifying
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] petrify somebody to make someone feel extremely frightened synonym terrify Just the thought of making a speech petrifies me. His icy stare petrified her.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] petrify (something) to change or to make something change into a substance like stone
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