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paralyze

par·a·lyze

paralyze

 
pronunciation:
pae r laIz
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: paralyzed, paralyzes, paralyzing
definition 1: to render partly or completely unable to move or feel sensations, as by an injury or disease.
The damage to her spine caused her to be paralyzed from the neck down.The disease paralyzed his legs.
 
similar words:
cripple, disable, incapacitate, injure, numb
definition 2: to cause to be in a helpless or motionless state.
She was paralyzed by indecision.The strike will paralyze the auto industry.
synonyms:
disable, immobilize, incapacitate
antonyms:
galvanize
similar words:
cripple, debilitate, halt, hamstring, prostrate, thwart
derivations: paralyzingly (adv.), paralyzation (n.), paralyzer (n.)
Word Parts
The word paralyze contains the following part:
lys, lyt, -lyze Greek root that means break down, disintegrate