im·mo·bi·lize also Brit im·mo·bi·lise /ɪˈmoʊbəˌlaɪz/ verb im·mo·bi·liz·es; im·mo·bi·lized; im·mo·bi·liz·ing
[+ obj] : to keep (something or someone) from moving or working : to make (something or someone) immobile
▪ Doctors immobilized her wrist by putting it in a cast. ▪ I was immobilized by fear/uncertainty.
— im·mo·bi·li·za·tion also Brit im·mo·bi·li·sa·tion /ɪˌmoʊbələˈzeɪʃən/ noun
— im·mo·bi·liz·er also Brit im·mo·bi·lis·er /ɪˈmoʊbəˌlaɪzɚ/ noun
, plural im·mo·bi·liz·ers
▪ The car comes with an (engine) immobilizer. [=a device that prevents the engine from being started without a key]