[ par-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌlaɪz /
verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.
to affect with paralysis.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
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- paralytic abasia,
- paralytic dementia,
- paralytic ileus,
Also especially British, par·a·lyse.
Origin of paralyze
1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze
SYNONYMS FOR paralyze
2. See shock1.
par·a·ly·zant, adjective, nounpar·a·ly·za·tion, nounpar·a·lyz·er, nounpar·a·lyz·ing·ly, adverb
sem·i·par·a·lyzed, adjectiveun·par·a·lyzed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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
[ păr′ə-līz′ ]
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
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