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paralyze

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verb par·a·lyze \ˈper-ə-ˌlīz, ˈpa-rə-\

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

par·a·lyzedpar·a·lyz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affect with paralysis

  3. 2 :  to make powerless or ineffective

  4. 3 :  unnerve

  5. 4 :  stun, stupefy

  6. 5 :  to bring to an end :  prevent, destroy

par·a·ly·za·tion play \ˌper-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpa-rə-\ noun
par·a·lyz·er play \ˈper-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˈpa-rə-\ noun
par·a·lyz·ing·ly play \-ˌlī-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of paralyze

  1. The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.

  2. The air strikes have paralyzed the city's transportation system.

  3. The company was paralyzed by debt.



Origin of paralyze

French paralyser, back-formation from paralysie paralysis, from Latin paralysis


First Known Use: 1804


PARALYZE Defined for Kids

paralyze

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verb par·a·lyze \ˈper-ə-ˌlīz\

Definition of paralyze

par·a·lyzedpar·a·lyz·ing

  1. 1 :  to cause to be unable to move all or part of the body <The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.>

  2. 2 :  to destroy or decrease something's energy or ability to act <The city was paralyzed by a heavy snowstorm.>




Medical Dictionary

paralyze

transitive verb par·a·lyze

Medical Definition of paralyze

par·a·lyzed or British par·a·lysedpar·a·lyz·ing or British par·a·lys·ing

  1. :  to affect with paralysis

  2. par·a·ly·za·tion or British par·a·ly·sa·tion \ˌpar-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\play noun



Variants of paralyze

or British par·a·lyse \ˈpar-ə-ˌlīz\play


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