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petrify

pet·ri·fy

petrify

 
 
pronunciation:
pe tr faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: petrified, petrifies, petrifying
definition 1: to turn into stone. Minerals left behind by water petrify wood by replacing woods cells when they die.
 
similar words:
deaden, freeze, harden, numb
definition 2: to make unable to act or move from terror.
That monster movie really petrified me.
similar words:
astonish, astound, daze, frighten, paralyze, stun, terrify
derivations: petrifiable (adj.), petrified (adj.), petrifaction (n.), petrification (n.)
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