petrified Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"petrified" in British English

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petrifiedadjective

uk   us   /ˈpet.rə.faɪd/

petrified adjective (FRIGHTENED)

B2 extremelyfrightened: I ​stood petrified as the most ​enormousdog I've ​everseen came ​bounding up to me. She's petrified of being on her own in the ​house at ​night.

petrified adjective (LIKE STONE)

having ​changed to a ​substance like ​stone: a petrified ​tree/​shell literary used to ​describe something that has ​stoppedchanging and ​developing, and often ​belongs to the past
(Definition of petrified from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"petrified" in American English

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petrifiedadjective

 us   /ˈpet·rəˌfɑɪd/
very ​frightened: As ​soon as they got on the ​stage they were petrified with ​fright.
(Definition of petrified from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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