from The American HeritageĀ® 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)



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