What does paralyze mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paralyze, paralyseverb

    make powerless and unable to function

    "The bureaucracy paralyzes the entire operation"

  2. paralyze, paralyseverb

    cause to be paralyzed and immobile

    "The poison paralyzed him"; "Fear paralyzed her"


  1. paralyzeverb

    To afflict with paralysis.

  2. paralyzeverb

    To render unable to move; to immobilize.

  3. paralyzeverb

    To render unable to function properly.

    The transport strike paralyzed the city.

  4. Etymology: North American spelling of paralyse.


  1. paralyze

    Paralysis (also known as plegia) is a loss of motor function in one or more muscles. Paralysis can also be accompanied by a loss of feeling (sensory loss) in the affected area if there is sensory damage. In the United States, roughly 1 in 50 people have been diagnosed with some form of permanent or transient paralysis. The word "paralysis" derives from the Greek παράλυσις, meaning "disabling of the nerves" from παρά (para) meaning "beside, by" and λύσις (lysis) meaning "making loose". A paralysis accompanied by involuntary tremors is usually called "palsy".


  1. paralyze

    Paralyze is to cause someone or something to lose the ability to move or function, often as a result of injury, illness, or other physical or psychological impairment. It can also refer to the state of being completely unable to act or function due to shock, fear, or indecision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paralyzeverb

    to affect or strike with paralysis or palsy

  2. Paralyzeverb

    fig.: To unnerve; to destroy or impair the energy of; to render ineffective; as, the occurrence paralyzed the community; despondency paralyzed his efforts

  3. Etymology: [F. paralyser. See Paralysis.]

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  1. Paralyze

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paralyze in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paralyze in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of paralyze in a Sentence

  1. John Thune:

    The Democrats are going to rue the day. If they go forward with this, they are going to rue the day because the nuclear winter that will ensue in the Senate if they move forward with this is, it's just going to be, it will completely paralyze the Senate.

  2. Sargis Babayan:

    We will paralyze the whole city and the whole country.

  3. Trita Parsi:

    This will create massive problems for Iran, but I don't think it will paralyze them, i don't think the end effect will be anywhere near the pressure Trump is talking about.

  4. Henrique Fontana:

    The opposition will try to use this to paralyze Congress, create an institutional crisis, we won't let that happen. We will push ahead with the austerity plan.

  5. Sabrina Romanoff:

    While goals are motivating to some, they also may paralyze others who feel overwhelmed by the resolution, instead of motivating the person to achieve the goal, it may cause them to feel stuck in achieving them if too improbable.

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