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paralyze

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

par·a·lyzedpar·a·lyz·ing

Full Definition of PARALYZE

transitive verb
1
:  to affect with paralysis
2
:  to make powerless or ineffective
3
:  unnerve
4
:  stun, stupefy
5
:  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
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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
PARALYZED Defined for Kids

paralyze

verb par·a·lyze \ˈper-ə-ˌlīz\
par·a·lyzedpar·a·lyz·ing

Definition of PARALYZE for Kids

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