paralyze

  • 1 Paralyze — Par a*lyze, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paralyzed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paralyzing}.] [F. paralyser. See {Paralysis}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To affect or strike with paralysis or palsy. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To unnerve; to destroy or impair the energy of; to …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 paralyze — index debar, disable, disarm (divest of arms), fetter, impair, impede, inhibit, prevent, stall …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 paralyze — (v.) 1804, from Fr. paralyser (16c.), from O.Fr. paralisie paralysis, from L. paralysis (see PARALYSIS (Cf. paralysis)). Figurative use from 1805. Related: Paralyzed; paralyzing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 paralyze — *daze, stun, bemuse, stupefy, benumb, petrify Analogous words: *dismay, daunt, appall, horrify: disable, cripple, *weaken, enfeeble: astound, flabbergast (see SURPRISE): dumbfound, confound, nonplus (see PUZZLE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 paralyze — [v] immobilize anesthetize, appall, arrest, astound, bemuse, benumb, bring to grinding halt*, close, daunt, daze, deaden, debilitate, demolish, destroy, disable, disarm, enfeeble, freeze, halt, incapacitate, knock out, lame, make inert, make… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 paralyze — [par′ə līz΄] vt. paralyzed, paralyzing [Fr paralyser, back form. < paralysie < L paralysis] 1. to cause paralysis in; make paralytic 2. to bring into a condition of helpless inactivity; make ineffective or powerless paralyzation n.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 paralyze — 01. Rick Hansen became [paralyzed] from the waist down after breaking his back in a car accident. 02. The child was [paralyzed] with fear when he saw the big dog. 03. Traffic was [paralyzed] for hours during the visit by the Queen. 04. The… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 8 paralyze — verb 1. make powerless and unable to function (Freq. 1) The bureaucracy paralyzes the entire operation • Syn: ↑paralyse • Hypernyms: ↑inactivate, ↑deactivate • Verb Frames …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9 paralyze — transitive verb ( lyzed; lyzing) Etymology: French paralyser, back formation from paralysie paralysis, from Latin paralysis Date: 1804 1. to affect with paralysis 2. to make powerless or ineffective 3. unnerve 4. stun, stupefy 5. to bri …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 paralyze — paralyzant, adj., n. paralyzation, n. paralyzer, n. paralyzingly, adv. /par euh luyz /, v.t., paralyzed, paralyzing. 1. to affect with paralysis. 2. to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act: The strike… …

    Universalium

  • 11 paralyze — verb a) To afflict with paralysis. The transport strike paralyzed the city. b) To render unable to move; to immobilize …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 paralyze — To render incapable of movement. * * * par·a·lyze or Brit par·a·lyse par ə .līz vt, lyzed or Brit lysed; lyz·ing or Brit lys·ing to affect with paralysis par·a·ly·za·tion or Brit par·a·ly·sa·tion .par ə lə zā shən n * * * par·a·lyze (parґə… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 13 paralyze — Synonyms and related words: KO, amaze, anesthetize, appall, astonish, astound, awe, awestrike, bedaze, bedazzle, bemuse, benumb, besot, bewilder, blunt, boggle, bowl down, bowl over, chloroform, close, coldcock, confound, cripple, daunt, daze,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 paralyze — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. cripple; demoralize; disable; deaden; bring to a stop. See impotence, insensibility. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. strike with paralysis, make inert, render nerveless; see deaden 1 . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 paralyze — par|a|lyze [ˈpærəlaız] the American spelling of ↑paralyse …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 paralyze — par|a|lyze [ perə,laız ] verb transitive often passive 1. ) to make someone lose the ability to move their body or a part of it: Their father was paralyzed by a stroke. 2. ) to make something completely unable to operate normally or effectively:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 paralyze — pærÉ™laɪz v. cause palsy, make immobile, cause paralysis …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 paralyze — v. a. Palsy, benumb, deaden, unnerve …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 paralyze — the American spelling of paralyse …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 paralyze — verb 1) both of his legs were paralyzed Syn: disable, cripple, immobilize, incapacitate, debilitate; formal torpefy 2) Sally was paralyzed by the sight of him Syn: immobilize, transfix, become rooted to the spot, freeze, stun …

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