To make immovable; in surgery, to make immovable (a naturally mobile part, as a joint) by the use of splints, or stiffened bandages.
- To render immobile.
- To fix the position of (a joint or fractured limb), as with a splint or cast.
- To impede movement or use of: Severe weather immobilized the rescue team.
- Economics To withdraw (specie) from circulation and reserve as security for other money.
- Economics To convert (floating capital) into fixed capital.