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Verb: immobilize  i'mow-bu,lIz
  1. Hold as reserve or withdraw from circulation; of capital
    - immobilise [Brit]
  2. To hold fast or prevent from moving
    "The child was immobilized under the fallen tree";
    - trap, pin, immobilise [Brit]
  3. Make defenseless
    - immobilise [Brit]
  4. Convert (assets) into fixed capital
    - immobilise [Brit]
  5. Prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
    "immobilize the assets of this hostile government";
    - freeze, block, immobilise [Brit]
  6. Cause to be unable to move
    "The sudden storm immobilized the traffic";
    - immobilise [Brit]

Derived forms: immobilized, immobilizes, immobilizing

Type of: beat, beat out, convert, crush, curb, curtail, cut back, keep back, restrict, shell, trounce, vanquish, withhold

Antonym: unfreeze

Encyclopedia: Immobilize