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

: 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

transitive verb
:  to affect with paralysis
:  to make powerless or ineffective
:  unnerve
:  stun, stupefy
:  to bring to an end :  prevent, destroy
par·a·ly·za·tion \ˌper-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpa-rə-\ noun
par·a·lyz·er \ˈper-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˈpa-rə-\ noun
par·a·lyz·ing·ly \-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


transitive verb par·a·lyze   (Medical Dictionary)
par·a·lyzed or British par·a·lysedpar·a·lyz·ing or British par·a·lys·ing

Medical Definition of PARALYZE

:  to affect with paralysis
par·a·ly·za·tion or British par·a·ly·sa·tion \ˌpar-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Variants of PARALYZE

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


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