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English verb: petrify

1. petrify (change) cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned


SamplesThe horror petrified his feelings.
Fear petrified her thinking.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)blunt, deaden

2. petrify (change) change into stone


SamplesThe wood petrified with time.


Synonymslapidify


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fossilise, fossilize

3. petrify (change) make rigid and set into a conventional pattern


SamplesRigidify the training schedule.
Ossified teaching methods.
Slogans petrify our thinking.


Synonymsossify, rigidify


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)stiffen









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