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petrifyverb

uk   us   /ˈpet.rə.faɪ/

petrify verb (FRIGHTEN)

[T] to frighten someone a lot, especially so that they are unable to move or speak: I think you petrified poor Frazer - he never said a word the whole time you were here.

petrify verb (CHANGE TO STONE)

specialized geology [I] If dead things petrify, they change to a substance like stone over a long period of time.
petrifaction
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌpet.rɪˈfæk.ʃən/ (also petrification ) specialized
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