Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Chiefly British Variant of paralyze.

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  • v. To afflict with paralysis.
  • v. To make unable to move; to immobilize.
  • v. To make unable to function properly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. Same as paralyze.

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

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Examples

  • Another well-known spokesman for the gay community, Aurelio Mancuso, condemned Panorama's investigation as a "horrible political and cultural operation", but agreed that if priests in Rome were to follow the advice given to them in yesterday's statement, it would "paralyse" the diocese.

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  • Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi has vowed to "paralyse" gang violence in the Western Cape within the next two months.

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  • Shadow chancellor George Osborne said the hung parliament would "paralyse" the economy.

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  • He adds there will be a dip in confidence, a run on the pound and disastrous interest rate rises that will 'paralyse' the country.

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  • The Tories stepped up their efforts to reverse the Liberal Democrat poll surge on Monday, with a warning a hung parliament would 'paralyse' the country.

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  • Mamata warns CPM over Nandigram terror tactics today threatened to "paralyse" the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee-government if the "state-sponsored terror" unleashed in Nandigram isn't stopped ...

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  • Greenpeace had hoped to paralyse oil trading at the exchange in the City near Tower Bridge on the day that the Kyoto Protocol came into force

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  • People bounce back after appalling suffering and block out bad news that might paralyse them.

    Enough of keeping calm and carrying on | Nick Cohen

  • In his speech, Obama called on them to work for a compromise rather than paralyse Washington as they did over debt before the summer.

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  • There were controls there to release gas into the auditorium, to temporarily paralyse the humans should it be needed.

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