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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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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Fright is paralyzing fear which causes paleness, trembling and chattering of teeth.
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