immobilize


verb (used with object), im·mo·bi·lized, im·mo·bi·liz·ing.

  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.
    1. to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
    2. to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital).

verb (tr)

  1. to make or become immobileto immobilize a car
  2. finance
    1. to remove (specie) from circulation and hold it as a reserve
    2. to convert (circulating capital) into fixed capital
v.

1843, from immobile + -ize. Cf. French immobiliser (1835). Related: Immobilized; immobilizing.

v.

  1. To render immobile.
  2. To fix the position of a joint or fractured limb, as with a splint or cast.

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