par·​a·​lyzed | \ ˈper-ə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce paralyzed (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of paralyzed

1 : 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
2 : 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

First Known Use of paralyzed

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paralyzed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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