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[ih-moh-buh-lahyz] /ɪˈmoʊ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), immobilized, immobilizing.
to make immobile or immovable; fix in place.
to prevent the use, activity, or movement of:
The hurricane immobilized the airlines.
to deprive of the capacity for mobilization:
The troops were immobilized by the enemy.
Medicine/Medical. to prevent, restrict, or reduce normal movement in (the body, a limb, or a joint), as by a splint, cast, or prescribed bed rest.
to render (an opponent's strategy) ineffective; stymie.
  1. to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
  2. to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital).
Also, especially British, immobilise.
1870-75; immobile + -ize; see mobilize and compare French immobiliser
Related forms
immobilization, noun
immobilizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for immobilize
  • immobilize the area both above and below the injured bone.
  • Be sure to immobilize the area above and below the injured joint.
  • When he got into the ring, he would immediately immobilize his opponent, then destroy him.
  • Alligators are tough to handle because they are strong beasts, so you have to immobilize them.
  • The molecules of an anesthetic gas can immobilize the electron, locking the protein and the microtubule uselessly in place.
  • Seeing the future purely in terms of group characteristics and historical experience can certainly immobilize policy.
British Dictionary definitions for immobilize


verb (transitive)
to make or become immobile: to immobilize a car
  1. to remove (specie) from circulation and hold it as a reserve
  2. to convert (circulating capital) into fixed capital
Derived Forms
immobilization, immobilisation, noun
immobilizer, immobiliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for immobilize

1843, from immobile + -ize. Cf. French immobiliser (1835). Related: Immobilized; immobilizing.

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immobilize in Medicine

immobilize im·mo·bi·lize (ĭ-mō'bə-līz')
v. im·mo·bi·lized, im·mo·bi·liz·ing, im·mo·bi·liz·es

  1. To render immobile.

  2. To fix the position of a joint or fractured limb, as with a splint or cast.

im·mo'bi·li·za'tion (-lĭ-zā'shən) n.
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