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petrify

verb uk   /ˈpet.rə.faɪ/ us  

petrify verb (FRIGHTEN)

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

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.Palaeontology and fossils
petrifaction
noun [U] uk   /ˌpet.rɪˈfæk.ʃən/ (also petrification) specialized us  
(Definition of petrify from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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