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

     

    petrify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpetrɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetrɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they petrify
    BrE BrE//ˈpetrɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetrɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it petrifies
    BrE BrE//ˈpetrɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetrɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple petrified
    BrE BrE//ˈpetrɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetrɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle petrified
    BrE BrE//ˈpetrɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetrɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form petrifying
    BrE BrE//ˈpetrɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpetrɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    Fear
     
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  1. 1[transitive] petrify somebody to make somebody feel extremely frightened synonym terrify Just the thought of making a speech petrifies me. His icy stare petrified her. See related entries: Fear
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] petrify (something) to change or to make something change into a substance like stone
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from French pétrifier, from medieval Latin petrificare, from Latin petra ‘rock’, from Greek.
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