petrify-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: (Cause to) become dazed and stunned emotionally, perhaps leading to rigid or conventional patterns of activity.

The horror petrified the young man.
Fear petrified her and she could not move.
We cannot petrify our thinking in this matter.

VerbNet: other_cos-45.4
FrameNet: Experiencer_obj
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: (Cause to) change into stone.

The wood petrified over time.
In order to petrify something, you must bury it.

VerbNet: other_cos-45.4
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: petrify.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2