transitive verb-·lized·, -·liz·ing
- to make immobile; prevent the movement of; keep in place
- to prevent the movement of (a limb or joint) with splints or a cast
Origin of immobilizeFrench immobiliser
transitive verbim·mo·bi·lized, im·mo·bi·liz·ing, im·mo·bi·liz·es
- To render immobile.
- To fix the position of (a joint or fractured limb), as with a splint or cast.
- To impede movement or use of: Severe weather immobilized the rescue team.
- Economics a. To withdraw (specie) from circulation and reserve as security for other money.b. To convert (floating capital) into fixed capital.
(third-person singular simple present immobilizes, present participle immobilizing, simple past and past participle immobilized)