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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.

    Etymology: North American spelling of paralyse.

  2. paralyzeverb

    To render unable to move; to immobilize.

    Etymology: North American spelling of paralyse.

  3. paralyzeverb

    To render unable to function properly.

    The transport strike paralyzed the city.

    Etymology: North American spelling of paralyse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paralyzeverb

    to affect or strike with paralysis or palsy

    Etymology: [F. paralyser. See Paralysis.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. paralyser. See Paralysis.]

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Carrie Lam:

    They want to paralyze Hong Kong, which is a selfish act.

  5. Chris Cuomo:

    I think it would paralyze the economy, i think it would shock the economic markets in a way we’ve never seen before.

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