how to pronounce petrify


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petrify is pronounced in three syllables

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meanings of petrify


  1. To immobilize with fright.
  2. To produce rigidity akin to stone.
  3. To harden organic matter by permeating with water and depositing dissolved minerals.
  4. To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to transform; as by petrification.
  5. To become stony, callous, or obdurate.
  6. To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.

petrify frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word petrify occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics petrify can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that petrify can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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