Definition of paralyze
1 : to affect with paralysis <The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.>
2 : to make powerless or ineffective <A strike would paralyze the industry.>
3 : unnerve <the parlyzing thing is the uncertainty — Evelyn Whitehead>
paralyzationplay \ˌper-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpa-rə-\ noun
paralyzerplay \ˈper-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˈpa-rə-\ noun
paralyzinglyplay \-ˌlī-ziŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of paralyze in a sentence
The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.
The air strikes have paralyzed the city's transportation system.
The company was paralyzed by debt.
Origin and Etymology of paralyze
French paralyser, back-formation from paralysie paralysis, from Latin paralysis
First Known Use: 1763
PARALYZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paralyze for English Language Learners
: 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
PARALYZE Defined for Kids
Definition of paralyze for Students
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.>
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