- 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 paralyzed
He was paralyzed from the waist down, a World War II veteran and had six weeks to live.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
This jibe comes after ads in which Davis attacked the paralyzed Abbot for not caring about other wheelchair-bound Texans.Why D.C. Wants an Election About Nothing
October 23, 2014
Mark Zuckerberg is putting $25 million towards tackling an epidemic that has paralyzed the world.How Does Zuckerberg’s Ebola Pledge Measure Up To Other Bigwig Donations?
October 14, 2014
It certainly allays fears that the company is stagnating under Tim Cook, too paralyzed to make decisions without its founder.Bigger, Bolder, and Better Than Ever: Steve Jobs Would Be Proud of Today's Apple
September 9, 2014
In a 1964 Esquire profile, the usually savage Helen Lawrenson said his personality had paralyzed her into wordlessness.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
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.Hetty's Strange History
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
Word Origin and History for paralyzed
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.