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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".

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. 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. Jimmy Whitworth:

    Outbreaks can completely paralyze countries.

  2. Sargis Babayan:

    We will paralyze the whole city and the whole country.

  3. Felix Frankfurter:

    Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.

  4. Mohamed El-Erian:

    They first paralyze the region of the virus outbreak, then they gradually spread domestically, undermining internal trade, consumption, production and the movement of The People. If the virus is still not contained, the process spreads further, including regionally and internationally by disrupting trade, supply chains and travel.

  5. 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.

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