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paralyze

[par-uh-lahyz] /ˈpær əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), paralyzed, paralyzing.
1.
to affect with paralysis.
2.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act:
The strike paralyzed communications.
Also, especially British, paralyse.
Origin of paralyze
1795-1805
1795-1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
Related forms
paralyzant, adjective, noun
paralyzation, noun
paralyzer, noun
paralyzingly, adverb
semiparalyzed, adjective
unparalyzed, adjective
Synonyms
2. See shock1 .
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Examples from the Web for paralyzed
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  • She was blind and paralyzed, and on the extreme verge of eternity.

  • Calendar's ravings were abrupted as if his tongue had been paralyzed.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • By and by, her brain grew less active; thought was paralyzed by pain.

  • A man whose limbs have been paralyzed, may still will to remove mountains.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • Later I learned that his spine had been broken, that he would be paralyzed for life.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
Word Origin and History for paralyzed

paralyze

v.

1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paralyzed in Medicine

paralyze par·a·lyze (pār'ə-līz')
v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for paralyzed

paralyzed

adjective

Very drunk (1888+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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