paralyze

[par-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), paralyzed, paralyzing.
1.
to affect with paralysis.
2.
to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike paralyzed communications.
Also, especially British, paralyse.


Origin:
1795–1805; back formation from paralysis, modeled on analyze

paralyzant, adjective, noun
paralyzation, noun
paralyzer, noun
paralyzingly, adverb
semiparalyzed, adjective
unparalyzed, adjective


2. See shock1.
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paralyse or paralyze (ˈpærəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  pathol to affect with paralysis
2.  med to render (a part of the body) insensitive to pain, touch, etc, esp by injection of an anaesthetic
3.  to make immobile; transfix
 
[C19: from French paralyser, from paralysieparalysis]
 
paralyze or paralyze
 
vb
 
[C19: from French paralyser, from paralysieparalysis]
 
paraly'sation or paralyze
 
n
 
paraly'zation or paralyze
 
n
 
'paralyser or paralyze
 
n
 
'paralyzer or paralyze
 
n

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paralyze
1804, from Fr. paralyser (16c.), from O.Fr. paralisie "paralysis," from L. paralysis (see paralysis). Related: Paralyzed.
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paralyze par·a·lyze (pār'ə-līz')
v. par·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.

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Issues that seem intractable not only dominate our news but paralyze our
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Industry pushback has appeared to paralyze the agency.
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