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[par-uh-lahyz] /ˈpær əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), paralyzed, paralyzing.
to affect with paralysis.
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; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
Related forms
paralyzant, adjective, noun
paralyzation, noun
paralyzer, noun
paralyzingly, adverb
semiparalyzed, adjective
unparalyzed, adjective
2. See shock1 . Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The larv of the sphex, another wasp, are fed on live crickets that have been paralyzed by a stab.

  • It was not entirely the thought of standing there that paralyzed him; it was the thought of going on.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • Sixty years of German respect for orders held him in a viselike grip and paralyzed his arm.

  • paralyzed with wonder, Capitola watched this figure as it glided about the chamber.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Fanny's blood was chilled in her veins; she could not speak, and her limbs seemed to be paralyzed.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
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.

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



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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