Definition of 'petrify'
Example sentences containing 'petrify'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
He was petrified going on the show, bless him. The Sun (2016)He was petrified going on the show, bless him. The Sun (2016)These are topped by lamps sculpted from petrified wood. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The acting was so wooden it was a petrified forest. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They must have been absolutely petrified. The Sun (2009)I was too petrified to go to the police. The Sun (2006)The walls were lined with petrified wood - wood that is thousands of years old and has turned to stone. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He was petrified with fear. POSITIVELY FEARLESS: Breaking free of the fears that hold you back (2001)He's going to be petrified. Times, Sunday Times (2014)My wife is absolutely petrified. The Sun (2011)My partner is now waiting for the repeat of her operation and I am absolutely petrified. The Sun (2014)I was absolutely petrified, got knocked out and had to come off. The Sun (2016)She said of the tumble: 'I was petrified. The Sun (2011)She said: 'I was too petrified to tell anyone. The Sun (2011)She said: 'I was petrified of him. The Sun (2012)I've gone into matches petrified. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He said: 'I am petrified. The Sun (2013)Still, I was petrified of going home. The Sun (2011)
Trends of 'petrify'
Used Rarely. petrify is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Definition of petrify from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Collins Reference Catalogue 2019
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.