Meaning of petrify
Pronunciation: (pe'tru-fī"), [key]
— v., -fied, -fy•ing.
- to convert into stone or a stony substance.
- to benumb or paralyze with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion: I was petrified with fear.
- to make rigid or inert; harden; deaden: The tragedy in his life petrified his emotions.
- to become petrified.
- petrify (Thesaurus)