Simple Definition of paralyze
: to make (a person or animal) unable to move or feel all or part of the body
: to make (someone or something) unable to function, act, or move
Full Definition of paralyze
Examples of paralyze
The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.
The air strikes have paralyzed the city's transportation system.
The company was paralyzed by debt.
Origin of paralyze
French paralyser, back-formation from paralysie paralysis, from Latin paralysis
First Known Use: 1804
Medical Definition of paralyze
par·a·lyzed or British par·a·lysedpar·a·lyz·ing or British par·a·lys·ing
: to affect with paralysis
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