Definition of petrify in English:
verb (petrifies, petrifying, petrified)[with object]
1Make (someone) so frightened that they are unable to move or think: his icy controlled quietness petrified her
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- You are petrified of letting people see how vulnerable you can be and have a very bad case of stage fright.
- I am petrified of heights and last year did an abseil which I found really scary.
- But I'm also petrified of joblessness, insecurity, and drastic changes happening all at once.
terrified, terror-stricken, horrified, scared/frightened out of one's wits, scared/frightened to death
terrify, horrify, frighten, scare, scare/frighten to death, scare/frighten the living daylights out of, scare/frighten the life out of, strike terror into, put the fear of God into;
informal scare the pants off, scare the bejesus out of
2Change (organic matter) into a stony concretion by encrusting or replacing its original substance with a calcareous, siliceous, or other mineral deposit.
- The chemical components used to artificially petrify wood can be found in natural settings around volcanoes and within sedimentary strata.
- As the ham was petrified within ‘historic time’, it was excluded on the basis of the first of these definitions from being called a fossil.
- The charcoal had kept the hull dry and the salt had petrified it.
Words that rhyme with petrifyelectrify • gentrify • rarefy
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