Etymology
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paralyze (v.)

1804, "affect with paralysis," from French paralyser (16c.), from Old French paralisie "paralysis," from Latin paralysis (see paralysis). Figurative use "render helpless, useless, or ineffective; deaden the action or power of" is from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing. Paralized as a past-participle adjective is from early 15c.

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Definitions of paralyze

paralyze (v.)
make powerless and unable to function;
The bureaucracy paralyzes the entire operation
Synonyms: paralyse
paralyze (v.)
cause to be paralyzed and immobile;
Fear paralyzed her
The poison paralyzed him
Synonyms: paralyse
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