verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.
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;Related formspar·a·ly·zant, adjective, nounpar·a·ly·za·tion, nounpar·a·lyz·er, nounpar·a·lyz·ing·ly, adverbsem·i·par·a·lyzed, adjectiveun·par·a·lyzed, adjective
back formation from paralysis
, modeled on analyze
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Examples from the Web for paralyse
Historical Examples of paralyse
The effect on the savage was to paralyse him for the moment.
"It must paralyse your efforts, preaching to such a congregation," said the other.
Her heart beat so violently that it seemed at once to choke and to paralyse her.
All this was enough to paralyse those who might have been willing to join.
Also the farcical nature of the whole proceeding seemed to paralyse her.
British Dictionary definitions for paralyse
Derived Formsparalysation or US paralyzation, nounparalyser or US paralyzer, noun
pathol to affect with paralysis
med to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain, touch, etc, esp by injection of an anaesthetic
to make immobile; transfix
Word Origin for paralyse
C19: from French paralyser, from paralysie paralysis
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Word Origin and History for paralyse
alternative (chiefly British) spelling of paralyze. For ending, see -ize. Related: Paralysed; paralysing.
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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