verb (used with object), par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing.
Origin of paralyze
Examples from the Web for paralyze
They may have been afraid, and in most cases no doubt were, but their fears did not paralyze them.What the D-Day Veteran Told Obama at the 70th Anniversary Commemoration|Christopher Dickey|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His sister killed herself as a teenager, and her death continues to paralyze the Donovan boys in intriguing ways.‘Ray Donovan’: Is the Liev Schreiber–Led Showtime Drama The Next ‘Sopranos’?|Jace Lacob|June 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“A destructive cyberattack could paralyze the nation,” Panetta said.U.S. Not Ready for Cyberwar Hostile Hackers Could Launch|Michael Daly|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For most people who are already in a vulnerable state, that kind of shock is more likely to discourage and paralyze them.Nick Crews’s Daughter on Her Dad’s Viral Smackdown|Lizzie Crocker|December 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Thirty years after it ended, the emotion this crisis stirred continues to paralyze America's diplomatic imagination.
Without this philosophy sorrow would undermine the health and paralyze all the energy that should express itself in achievements.The Life Radiant|Lilian Whiting
They seemed to paralyze him mentally until his bright spirit had again asserted itself, and he had recovered his balance.The Captain's Toll-Gate|Frank R. Stockton
One of the principal objections to industrial and commercial combinations is that they paralyze trade.The Railroad Question|William Larrabee
And now a female spider is going to paralyze the last Arranstoun, and rule him for the rest of his days, sapping his vitality.The Man and the Moment|Elinor Glyn
It would only break open its armor, and they hoped, paralyze its crew.The Black Star Passes|John W Campbell
Word Origin and History for paralyze
1804, from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing.