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Definitions and Synonyms of petrify | Another word for petrify | What is petrify?

Definition 1: change into stone - [verb of change]

Samples where petrify or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the wood petrified with time

Synonyms for petrify in the sense of this definition

(petrify is a kind of ...) convert to a fossil

"The little animals fossilized and are now embedded in the limestone"

Definition 2: cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned from fright - [verb of change]

Samples where petrify or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The horror petrified his feelings
  • Fear petrified her thinking

(petrify is a kind of ...) make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

"Terror blunted her feelings" "deaden a sound"

Definition 3: make rigid and set into a conventional pattern - [verb of change]

Samples where petrify or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rigidify the training schedule
  • ossified teaching methods
  • slogans petrify our thinking

Synonyms for petrify in the sense of this definition

(petrify is a kind of ...) make stiff or stiffer

"Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"

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