Definition of immobilize in English:

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Pronunciation: /i(m)ˈmōbəˌlīz/


[with object]
1Prevent (something or someone) from moving or operating as normal: I want you to immobilize their vehicle fear had immobilized her
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  • It's whether you're immobilized by the fear of death.
  • It's clearly true that he is virtually immobilized through his fear of coming across poorly in the eyes of strangers.
  • The result was a government immobilized by fear of schism and unable to respond to a real opportunity to develop a better relation with the minority community.
put out of action, disable, make inoperative, inactivate, deactivate, paralyze, freeze, cripple;
bring to a standstill, halt, stop;
restrain, stabilize
1.1Restrict the movements of (a limb or patient) to allow healing: other children in the ward were immobilized in traction
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  • The damaged limbs were often kept immobilized because of the confinement of the iron lung.
  • If a body part must be immobilised - to allow skin graft adherence, for example - then the part should be splinted or positioned in an anti-deformity position for the minimum time possible.
  • Another barrier surgeons had to overcome was immobilizing a shattered limb while ensuring they had access to the open wound so they could treat infection.



Pronunciation: /ˈˌi(m)ˌmōbələˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /ˈˌi(m)ˌmōbəˌlīˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /əmōbələˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /əˌmōbəˌlīˈzāSHən/
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  • Common complications that may follow fat removal surgery are bleeding, infection and thromboembolism due to prolonged immobilization following the surgery.
  • Concentrating all our energies on one physical act, our obsession results in temporary immobilization.
  • What this suggests, of course, is the ever-increasing immobilization of a life without options.


Late 19th century: from French immobiliser, from immobile (see immobile).

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Syllabification: im·mo·bi·lize

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