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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