Pronunciation: (i-mō'bu-līz"), [key]
v.t., -lized, -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. 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.
a. to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
b. to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital). Also, esp. Brit.,im•mo'bi•lise".

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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