Definition of immobilize in English:

immobilize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Prevent (something or someone) from moving or operating as normal.

    ‘I want you to immobilize their vehicle’
    ‘fear had immobilized her’
    • ‘First, she loses physical control of her hands, and, by the conclusion of the concert, she is so immobilized that she can't even stand up to take a bow.’
    • ‘It's clearly true that he is virtually immobilized through his fear of coming across poorly in the eyes of strangers.’
    • ‘The lesson is that overanalyzing change can immobilize us and prevent us from taking action.’
    • ‘On Bank Holiday Monday, about 5.30 pm, a vehicle returning from Coney Island over the strand was immobilised in deep water leaving its four passengers clinging to the roof.’
    • ‘It's whether you're immobilized by the fear of death.’
    • ‘The point was to silence and immobilize leadership while forcing groups to redirect energy and resources into raising funds, organizing legal defenses and publicizing the cases.’
    • ‘Special features of the packages can make them more user-friendly and immobilize products to prevent damage.’
    • ‘Also electrical stimulation of the muscles while they are immobilized prevents the usual decrease in their oxidative capacity and can also prevent muscle fibre atrophy.’
    • ‘It pays to read the signs before leaving your car in a carpark or other private land in England: security guards can impose enormous instant fines, and enforce them by immobilizing your car with a wheel clamp.’
    • ‘The most fear he had ever felt rushed over him, immobilizing him on the stage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another approach is to immobilize the ship by ‘fouling its propeller.’’
    • ‘Pre-slaughter stunning was introduced in 1933 to protect abattoir personnel, not animals, by immobilising the animal to facilitate slaughter.’
    • ‘In the martial art of ju-jitsu, the less powerful uses the strength of the aggressor to immobilize them.’
    • ‘It takes away from self-confidence, immobilizes a person through anxiety, and creates an exaggerated fear of the environment.’
    • ‘Both big powers are immobilised by the conflict.’
    • ‘The owner, who had parked the car there after it had broken down, had removed the distributor cap to immobilize his car.’
    • ‘It immobilises the mind's flexibility and ability to adapt to pressure.’
    • ‘This desire becomes only stronger once he assumes the role of the detective, whose very function has been to immobilize the mysteries of the world by constructing a coherent text.’
    • ‘In the new program the majority of the techniques consist of non-lethal ways to immobilize our opponent.’
    put out of action, disable, prevent from moving, prevent from working, make inoperative, render inactive, inactivate, deactivate, paralyse, cripple
    bring to a standstill, bring to a halt, halt, stop
    clamp, wheel-clamp
    disenable
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    1. 1.1 Restrict the movements of (a limb or patient) to allow healing.
      ‘other children in the ward were immobilized in traction’
      • ‘Treatment involves protecting and immobilizing the foot.’
      • ‘The cervical spine should be immobilised with a cervical collar, sandbag, and tape.’
      • ‘As a general rule, fractures need to be immobilised for between two and eight weeks.’
      • ‘If this accident had happened on shore, the corpsman would have followed the same procedures but would have had to immobilize the leg with a splint.’
      • ‘In severe cases, immobilize joint with abundantly padded splint.’
      • ‘Its advice, if you are bitten by a snake, is to keep calm, immobilise the affected limb with a splint or sling and evacuate the person to medical help, with a description of the snake if possible.’
      • ‘Patients with full range of motion in the early postoperative period may be immobilized for a longer period, because they are less likely to develop a stiff shoulder.’
      • ‘The surgeon immobilized the right adrenal mass and found evidence of intracaval extension of tumor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The damaged limbs were often kept immobilized because of the confinement of the iron lung.’
      • ‘When a broken limb is immobilized in a rigid cast, changes begin immediately in both the bone and surrounding muscles.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the foot can be immobilised in a well moulded total contact plaster that is initially non-weight bearing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The leg was immobilized in a long leg cast with the knee at 30 [degrees] of flexion for 8 weeks.’
      • ‘The improvement obtained by manipulation is maintained by immobilizing the foot in a plaster cast for five to seven days.’
      • ‘The knee should be immobilized if there is pain with motion.’
      • ‘In order to allow the soft tissues around your knuckles to heal, your entire hand will be immobilized for one to two weeks.’
      • ‘My broken left arm was still immobilised in a splint, still healing and sore.’
      • ‘Of the 54 children taken by ambulance, eight had not been immobilised.’
      • ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treated by placing the wrist on a splint to immobilize it and to prevent pressure to the nerves.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

immobilize

/i(m)ˈmōbəˌlīz/