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petrified

adjective uk   /ˈpet.rə.faɪd/ us  

petrified adjective (FRIGHTENED)

B2 extremely frightened: I stood petrified as the most enormous dog I've ever seen came bounding up to me. She's petrified of being on her own in the house at night.Afraid

petrified adjective (LIKE STONE)

having changed to a substance like stone: a petrified tree/shellHard and firm literary describes something that has stopped changing and developing, and often belongs to the pastOld or old-fashionedThe elderly
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