: to make powerless or ineffective
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
back-formation from paralysie
paralysis, from Latin paralysis
First Known Use: 1804
par·a·lyze transitive verb (Medical Dictionary)
par·a·lyzed or British par·a·lysedpar·a·lyz·ing or British par·a·lys·ing
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