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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First Known Use: 1763See Words from the same year
: 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
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