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immobilize

verb
     
im‧mo‧bi‧lize also immobilise British English [transitive]
1 to prevent someone or something from moving:
The broken limb must be immobilized immediately.
She was immobilized with a broken leg.
2 to stop something from working:
The car's security device will immobilize the ignition system.
immobilization noun [uncountable]

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