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
: to make powerless or ineffective
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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
: to cause to be unable to move all or part of the body <The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.>
: to destroy or decrease something's energy or ability to act <The city was paralyzed by a heavy snowstorm.>
transitive verb par·a·lyze
par·a·lyzed or British par·a·lysedpar·a·lyz·ing or British par·a·lys·ing
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