from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
- transitive v. To make unable to move or act: paralyzed by fear.
- transitive v. To impair the progress or functioning of; make inoperative or powerless: strict regulations that paralyze economic activity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To afflict with paralysis.
- v. To render unable to move; to immobilize.
- v. To render unable to function properly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To affect or strike with paralysis or palsy.
- transitive v. To unnerve; to destroy or impair the energy of; to render ineffective
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To affect with paralysis.
- To render helpless, useless, or ineffective, as if by paralysis; deaden the action or power of in any way: as, the sight paralyzed him with fear.
- Also spelled paralyse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make powerless and unable to function
- v. cause to be paralyzed and immobile
French paralyser, from paralysie, paralysis, from Old French, from Latin paralysis; see paralysis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
North American spelling of paralyse. (Wiktionary)