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English definition of “petrify”

petrify

verb [T] (FRIGHTEN)    /ˈpet.rə.faɪ/
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
(Definition of petrify verb (FRIGHTEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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