Definition of Petrify in English :

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Petrify meaning in English

Meaning of Petrify in English

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Petrify pronunciation in English

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1. petrify

cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned

Example Sentences:
'The horror petrified his feelings'
'Fear petrified her thinking'

2. lapidify, petrify

change into stone

Example Sentences:
'the wood petrified with time'

3. ossify, petrify, rigidify

make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

Example Sentences:
'rigidify the training schedule'
'ossified teaching methods'
'slogans petrify our thinking'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb -fies, -fying or -fied
1. (tr; often passive)
to convert (organic material, esp plant material) into a fossilized form by impregnation with dissolved minerals so that the original appearance is preserved
to make or become dull, unresponsive, insensitive, etc; deaden
3. (tr; often passive)
to stun or daze with horror, fear, etc

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verb transitiveWord forms: ˈpetriˌfied or ˈpetriˌfying
to replace the normal cells of (organic matter) with silica or other mineral deposits; re-form as a stony substance
to make rigid, inflexible, or inert; harden or deaden
to paralyze or make numb, as with fear; stupefy; stun
verb intransitive
to become petrified

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tr.v. pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing, pet·ri·fies
1. To convert (wood or other organic matter) into a stony replica by petrifaction.
2. To cause to lose vitality or become impervious to change; deaden: a routine that petrified her thinking.
3. To stun or paralyze with terror; daze.

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