- to cause paralysis in; make paralytic
- to bring into a condition of helpless inactivity; make ineffective or powerless
Origin of paralyzeFrench paralyser, back-formation ; from paralysie ; from Classical Latin paralysis
transitive verbpar·a·lyzed, par·a·lyz·ing, par·a·lyz·es
- To affect with paralysis; cause to be paralytic.
- To make unable to move or act: paralyzed by fear.
- To impair the progress or functioning of; make inoperative or powerless: strict regulations that paralyze economic activity.
Origin of paralyzeFrench paralyser, from paralysie, paralysis, from Old French, from Latin paralysis; see paralysis.
(third-person singular simple present paralyzes, present participle paralyzing, simple past and past participle paralyzed)
North American spelling of paralyse.