Definition of paralyze
- The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.
- A strike would paralyze the industry.
- the parlyzing thing is the uncertainty
- —Evelyn Whitehead
The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.
The air strikes have paralyzed the city's transportation system.
The company was paralyzed by debt.
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