- to affect with paralysis.
- to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Origin of paralyze
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Examples from the Web for paralyze
They may have been afraid, and in most cases no doubt were, but their fears did not paralyze them.What the D-Day Veteran Told Obama at the 70th Anniversary Commemoration
June 6, 2014
His sister killed herself as a teenager, and her death continues to paralyze the Donovan boys in intriguing ways.‘Ray Donovan’: Is the Liev Schreiber–Led Showtime Drama The Next ‘Sopranos’?
June 28, 2013
“A destructive cyberattack could paralyze the nation,” Panetta said.U.S. Not Ready for Cyberwar Hostile Hackers Could Launch
February 21, 2013
For most people who are already in a vulnerable state, that kind of shock is more likely to discourage and paralyze them.Nick Crews’s Daughter on Her Dad’s Viral Smackdown
December 1, 2012
Thirty years after it ended, the emotion this crisis stirred continues to paralyze America's diplomatic imagination.Time to Get Over the Iran Hostage Crisis
January 19, 2011
There must be continuity of this structure too, for to sever a nerve is to paralyze all beyond.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
But do not be too much of a precisian, or you will paralyze me.Cratylus
It seemed to check and paralyze for the moment his generous nature.
Its devilish power to paralyze and still the soul of him was gone.
The sight seemed to paralyze him for a moment, for he stood like one turned to marble.The Masked Bridal
Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
Word Origin and History for paralyze
1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.
- To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.