• (British) IPA: /ˈfɒs.ɪl.aɪz/, /ˈfɒsl̩aɪz/

fossilize (fossilizes, present participle fossilizing; past and past participle fossilized)

  1. (transitive) to make into a fossil
  2. (intransitive) to become a fossil
  3. (figurative, by extension, intransitive) to become inflexible or outmoded
  4. (figurative, by extension, transitive) To make antiquated, rigid, or fixed; to deaden.
    • Ten layers of birthdays on a woman's head / Are apt to fossilize her girlish mirth.
  • (To become a fossil) fossilate (dated), fossilify (dated)
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