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immobilize (v.)

"render immobile," 1843, from immobile + -ize. Perhaps modeled on French immobiliser (1835). Related: Immobilized; immobilizing.

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Definitions of immobilize from WordNet

immobilize (v.)
hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital;
Synonyms: immobilise
immobilize (v.)
to hold fast or prevent from moving;
Synonyms: trap / pin / immobilise
immobilize (v.)
make defenseless;
Synonyms: immobilise
immobilize (v.)
convert (assets) into fixed capital;
Synonyms: immobilise
immobilize (v.)
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets);
Synonyms: freeze / block / immobilise
immobilize (v.)
cause to be unable to move;
The sudden storm immobilized the traffic
Synonyms: immobilise
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