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fossilize

verb
     
Related topics: Geology
fos‧sil‧ize also fossilise British English
1 [usually passive] if people, ideas, systems etc fossilize or are fossilized, they never change or develop, even when there are good reasons why they should change:
Most couples, however fossilized their relationship, have some interests in common.
2 [intransitive and transitive]HEG to become or form a fossil by being preserved in rock:
fossilized dinosaur bones
fossilization noun [uncountable]

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