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petrify
also: -fies, -fying, -fied
American English: /ˈpɛtrəˌfaɪ/
British English: /ˈpɛtrɪfʌɪ/

Translation of petrify in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (terrify)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (Geology)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb

  • (Geology)
    petrificarse

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    In some parts of Spain, the name given to a weekly open-air flea market where all kinds of items are sold is a rastro. The name El Rastro as such refers to a very big market of this type held in Madrid at weekends.