par·​a·​lyzed ˈper-ə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce paralyzed (audio)
: affected with paralysis
If the right hemisphere of the brain is badly damaged in its sensory (parietal) areas, patients may show … an unawareness that anything is the matter, even though the left side of their body is senseless or paralyzed.Oliver Sacks
Thousands of paralyzed people worldwide are in the socially closed-off state.Christen Brownlee
: rendered incapable of movement or action
I was not found by the teacher until what seemed to me hours later but was probably five minutes, paralyzed with fright.Kay Boyle
Those who uncover plagiarism become paralyzed with embarrassment, letting the culprit escape rather than confronting him.Walter Kendrick

Examples of paralyzed in a Sentence

special ramps for paralyzed people in wheelchairs a seemingly paralyzed mayor sat by as the city's crime rate soared
Recent Examples on the Web Sara reported feeling paralyzed by fear, unable to meet the daily obligations of motherhood and full-time school. Violet Ikonomova, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2024 Instead, the day turned tragic as Weiher fell 15 feet from a tree, leaving her paralyzed. Leah Weiher, Peoplemag, 12 May 2024 He was wounded by shrapnel and is now partly paralyzed. Maria Varenikova, New York Times, 5 May 2024 Man who hoped to be first Black astronaut in 1960s finally heading to space A surfing accident left him paralyzed. Simrin Singh, CBS News, 4 May 2024 The female will then carry a cicada back to her underground nest, where the paralyzed cicada will remain alive while the wasp larvae feed. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2024 The company’s initial goal is to allow paralyzed people to control a cursor or keyboard using just their thoughts. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 For example, the center has seated elliptical bikes that move paralyzed users’ legs, while mental health experts facilitate the hard transition to a new way of living. Johnny Dodd, Peoplemag, 17 Mar. 2024 An animal may also drool more, have trouble moving, look paralyzed or bite at the air, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Helena Wegner, Sacramento Bee, 10 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paralyzed was in 1763

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“Paralyzed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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