petrify Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “petrify” in the English Dictionary

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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 ​wholetime you were here.

petrify verb (CHANGE TO STONE)

specialized geology [I] If ​dead things petrify, they ​change to a ​substance like ​stone over a ​longperiod of ​time.
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌpet.rɪˈfæk.ʃən/ (also petrification ) specialized
(Definition of petrify from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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