- to affect with paralysis.
- to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Also especially British, par·a·lyse.
Origin of paralyze
1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
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2. See shock1.
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Word Origin and History for semi-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
- To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
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