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. Med.to 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".