immobilize

[ih-moh-buh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), immobilized, immobilizing.
1.
to make immobile or immovable; fix in place.
2.
to prevent the use, activity, or movement of: The hurricane immobilized the airlines.
3.
to deprive of the capacity for mobilization: The troops were immobilized by the enemy.
4.
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.
5.
to render (an opponent's strategy) ineffective; stymie.
6.
Finance.
a.
to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
b.
to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital).
Also, especially British, immobilise.


Origin:
1870–75; immobile + -ize; see mobilize and compare French immobiliser

immobilization, noun
immobilizer, noun
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immobilize or immobilise (ɪˈməʊbɪˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to make or become immobile: to immobilize a car
2.  finance
 a.  to remove (specie) from circulation and hold it as a reserve
 b.  to convert (circulating capital) into fixed capital
 
immobilise or immobilise
 
vb
 
immobili'zation or immobilise
 
n
 
immobili'sation or immobilise
 
n
 
im'mobilizer or immobilise
 
n
 
im'mobiliser or immobilise
 
n

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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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Example sentences
The gears are immobilized and represent the opposite of innovation.
They want to be active and avoid illnesses that have immobilized three sets of
  friends.
After surgery, his leg will be immobilized in a brace for a month, causing the
  quadricep to atrophy.
Cowards are not full of fear, cowards are immobilized.
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