verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.
Origin of paralyze
Synonyms for paralyze
Examples from the Web for paralyse
The effect of the mortality upon trade and industry was, momentarily, to paralyse them.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
We behold, in tangible form, a power so terribly strong that with a touch it can paralyse armies.
We are quite willing to admit that a home life we consider wrong, as the Chinese or Turkish, can paralyse a nation.The home|Charlotte Perkins Gilman
To obviate this, the parent-fly ingeniously stings every spider just sufficiently to paralyse, without killing it.Omphalos|Philip Henry Gosse
But this mood, which seemed to paralyse her, lasted in reality but a few minutes; she was roused by her mother's voice and touch.A Canadian Heroine, Volume 1|Mrs. Harry Coghill
Word Origin for paralyse
1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.