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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
During the several weeks it took to run the tigress down, an abscess paralyzed
  his head and neck.
Employers are paralyzed by fear that the economy could double dip and that
  demand is too low to justify new investments.
Agriculture is also nearly paralyzed by arguments over land ownership.
But for weeks he had been paralyzed from the shoulders back.
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