Paralyze
Paralyze Par"a*lyze, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paralyzed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paralyzing}.] [F. paralyser. See {Paralysis}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To affect or strike with paralysis or palsy. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To unnerve; to destroy or impair the energy of; to render ineffective; as, the occurrence paralyzed the community; despondency paralyzed his efforts. [1913 Webster]


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  • paralyze — index debar, disable, disarm (divest of arms), fetter, impair, impede, inhibit, prevent, stall …   Law dictionary

  • paralyze — (v.) 1804, from Fr. paralyser (16c.), from O.Fr. paralisie paralysis, from L. paralysis (see PARALYSIS (Cf. paralysis)). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing …   Etymology dictionary

  • paralyze — *daze, stun, bemuse, stupefy, benumb, petrify Analogous words: *dismay, daunt, appall, horrify: disable, cripple, *weaken, enfeeble: astound, flabbergast (see SURPRISE): dumbfound, confound, nonplus (see PUZZLE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • paralyze — [v] immobilize anesthetize, appall, arrest, astound, bemuse, benumb, bring to grinding halt*, close, daunt, daze, deaden, debilitate, demolish, destroy, disable, disarm, enfeeble, freeze, halt, incapacitate, knock out, lame, make inert, make… …   New thesaurus

  • paralyze — [par′ə līz΄] vt. paralyzed, paralyzing [Fr paralyser, back form. < paralysie < L paralysis] 1. to cause paralysis in; make paralytic 2. to bring into a condition of helpless inactivity; make ineffective or powerless paralyzation n.… …   English World dictionary

  • paralyze — 01. Rick Hansen became [paralyzed] from the waist down after breaking his back in a car accident. 02. The child was [paralyzed] with fear when he saw the big dog. 03. Traffic was [paralyzed] for hours during the visit by the Queen. 04. The… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • paralyze — verb 1. make powerless and unable to function (Freq. 1) The bureaucracy paralyzes the entire operation • Syn: ↑paralyse • Hypernyms: ↑inactivate, ↑deactivate • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • paralyze — transitive verb ( lyzed; lyzing) Etymology: French paralyser, back formation from paralysie paralysis, from Latin paralysis Date: 1804 1. to affect with paralysis 2. to make powerless or ineffective 3. unnerve 4. stun, stupefy 5. to bri …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • paralyze — paralyzant, adj., n. paralyzation, n. paralyzer, n. paralyzingly, adv. /par euh luyz /, v.t., paralyzed, paralyzing. 1. to affect with paralysis. 2. to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike… …   Universalium

  • paralyze — verb a) To afflict with paralysis. The transport strike paralyzed the city. b) To render unable to move; to immobilize …   Wiktionary

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