paralyze

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verb par·a·lyze \ˈper-ə-ˌlīz, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paralyze

paralyzed

;

paralyzing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affect with paralysis The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.

  3. 2 :  to make powerless or ineffective A strike would paralyze the industry.

  4. 3 :  unnerve the parlyzing thing is the uncertainty — Evelyn Whitehead

  5. 4 :  stun, stupefy She sat paralyzed when she heard the news.

  6. 5 :  to bring to an end :  prevent, destroy deadlock paralyzed action — F. A. Ogg & Harold Zink

paralyzation

play \ˌper-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpa-rə-\ noun

paralyzer

play \ˈper-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˈpa-rə-\ noun

paralyzingly

play \ˈper-ə-ˌlī-ziŋ-lē, ˈpa-rə\ adverb

Examples of paralyze in a Sentence

  1. The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.

  2. The air strikes have paralyzed the city's transportation system.

  3. The company was paralyzed by debt.

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Origin and Etymology of paralyze

French paralyser, back-formation from paralysie paralysis, from Latin paralysis


PARALYZE Defined for English Language Learners

paralyze

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verb

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

paralyze

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verb par·a·lyze \ˈper-ə-ˌlīz\

Definition of paralyze for Students

paralyzed

;

paralyzing

  1. 1 :  to cause to be unable to move all or part of the body The snake's venom paralyzed the mouse.

  2. 2 :  to destroy or decrease something's energy or ability to act The city was paralyzed by a heavy snowstorm.


Medical Dictionary

paralyze

transitive verb par·a·lyze
variants: or British

paralyse

\ˈpar-ə-ˌlīz\play

Medical Definition of paralyze

paralyzed

or British

paralysed

;

paralyzing

or British

paralysing

  1. :  to affect with paralysis

paralyzation

or British

paralysation

\ˌpar-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\play noun


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