US: /ˈpɛtɹəˌfaɪ/
UK: /pˈɛtɹɪfˌa‍ɪ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

petrify /'petrifai/
  • ngoại động từ
    • biến thành đá
    • (nghĩa bóng) làm sững sờ, làm chết điếng; làm ngay đơ ra
      • to be petrified with fear: sợ chết điếng
      • to be petrified with amazement: ngạc nhiên sững sờ cả người
    • (nghĩa bóng) làm tê liệt, làm mất hết sức sống (tâm trí, lý thuyết...)
    • nội động từ
      • hoá đá
      • (nghĩa bóng) sững sờ, chết điếng; ngay đơ ra
      • (nghĩa bóng) tê liệt

    Advanced English dictionary

    + verb (petrifies, petrifying, petrified, petrified)
    1 [VN] to make sb feel extremely frightened
    Synonym: TERRIFY
    Just the thought of making a speech petrifies me. + His icy stare petrified her.
    2 [V, VN] to change or to make sth change into a substance like stone

    Thesaurus dictionary

    1 frighten, scare, horrify, terrify, paralyse, numb, benumb:
    I was petrified by the noise of the explosion.
    2 shock, dumbfound or dumfound, stun, astonish, astound, amaze, confound, disconcert, stupefy, appal, Colloq flabbergast:
    The sight of so much destruction petrified even hardened reporters.
    3 ossify, fossilize, turn to stone:
    Over thousands of years the desert conditions petrify the wood.

    Concise English dictionary

    +cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned
    +change into stone
    +make rigid and set into a conventional pattern